Jay Leutze has written a book about a five-year battle in which the little guys go up against a mining company and state officals, and win. Leutze was living in Northwestern North Carolina, way out in the country. A non-practicing lawyer, he was working on a novel, when one day he received a phone call from an outraged fourteen year old neighbor, Ashley Cook. She told him that a mining company was intent on tearing down Bluevelt Mountain, which towers above their little town, and it was in direct violation of the Mining Act of 1971. She wanted Leutze, with his legal training, to join their cause. Leutze ascertained that she was right, and joined the fight. Stand Up That Mountain chronicles the journey this band of Appalachian Folk, Jay Leutze, and eventually lawyers for the Southern Environmental Law Center, against the mining company and state officials.
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