The Resource The Buffalo Creek disaster : how the survivors of one of the worst disasters in coal-mining history brought suit against the coal company -- and won, Gerald M. Stern

The Buffalo Creek disaster : how the survivors of one of the worst disasters in coal-mining history brought suit against the coal company -- and won, Gerald M. Stern

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The Buffalo Creek disaster : how the survivors of one of the worst disasters in coal-mining history brought suit against the coal company -- and won
Title
The Buffalo Creek disaster
Title remainder
how the survivors of one of the worst disasters in coal-mining history brought suit against the coal company -- and won
Statement of responsibility
Gerald M. Stern
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This volume describes the Buffalo Creek Flood -- and also the investigation and legal actions that followed. The Buffalo Creek Flood was a disaster that occurred in 1972 in West Virginia. An impoundment dam owned by the Pittston Coal Company burst, sending a 130 million gallon, 25 foot tidal wave of water, sludge, and debris crashing into southern West Virginia's Buffalo Creek hollow. It was one of the deadliest floods in U.S. history. 125 people were killed instantly, more than 1,000 were injured, and over 4,000 were suddenly homeless. Instead of accepting the small settlements offered by the coal company's insurance offices, a few hundred of the survivors banded together to sue. This is the story of their triumph over incredible odds and corporate irresponsibility, as told by the author -- a young lawyer and who took on the case and won
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1937-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Stern, Gerald M.
Index
no index present
LC call number
KF228.P75
LC item number
S7 2008
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Pittston Company
  • Prince, Dennis
  • Prince, Dennis
  • Pittston Company
  • Floods
  • Negligence
  • Floods
  • Negligence
  • West Virginia
  • West Virginia
Label
The Buffalo Creek disaster : how the survivors of one of the worst disasters in coal-mining history brought suit against the coal company -- and won, Gerald M. Stern
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Originally published: Random House, New York. 1976
  • Includes a foreword by President Bill Clinton and a new afterword by the author
Contents
[pt. 1: ] The call for help -- "An act of God" -- "When in doubt, do the right thing" -- "Mountain Mama" -- "Take care of my baby" -- "They wasn't for sale" -- "Flagrant disregard" -- "Mere puff and blow" -- "Oyez, oyez, oyez" -- [pt. 2: ] "A more definite statement" -- "Pittston loses bid for secrecy" -- Some lawyer stories -- "What do you mean, 'dam'?" -- "It was a natural occurrence" -- "Nowhere else to put it" -- "What about existing dams?" -- "Psychic impairment" -- "Danger note" -- "Enough" -- [pt. 3: ] "Ambulance chasing" -- The statute of limitations -- A written settlement proposal -- "Flood at Lick Fork" -- "The potential for similar disasters" -- "Catch-22" -- A settlement meeting -- "absent plaintiffs" -- "Unavailable" witnesses -- The "glaring deductible" -- "The dam was all right" -- Strategy
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
2nd Vintage Books ed.
Extent
xiv, 282 p.
Isbn
9780307388490
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2008273686
System control number
  • (OCoLC)237048111
  • (OCoLC)ocn237048111
Label
The Buffalo Creek disaster : how the survivors of one of the worst disasters in coal-mining history brought suit against the coal company -- and won, Gerald M. Stern
Publication
Note
  • Originally published: Random House, New York. 1976
  • Includes a foreword by President Bill Clinton and a new afterword by the author
Contents
[pt. 1: ] The call for help -- "An act of God" -- "When in doubt, do the right thing" -- "Mountain Mama" -- "Take care of my baby" -- "They wasn't for sale" -- "Flagrant disregard" -- "Mere puff and blow" -- "Oyez, oyez, oyez" -- [pt. 2: ] "A more definite statement" -- "Pittston loses bid for secrecy" -- Some lawyer stories -- "What do you mean, 'dam'?" -- "It was a natural occurrence" -- "Nowhere else to put it" -- "What about existing dams?" -- "Psychic impairment" -- "Danger note" -- "Enough" -- [pt. 3: ] "Ambulance chasing" -- The statute of limitations -- A written settlement proposal -- "Flood at Lick Fork" -- "The potential for similar disasters" -- "Catch-22" -- A settlement meeting -- "absent plaintiffs" -- "Unavailable" witnesses -- The "glaring deductible" -- "The dam was all right" -- Strategy
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
2nd Vintage Books ed.
Extent
xiv, 282 p.
Isbn
9780307388490
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2008273686
System control number
  • (OCoLC)237048111
  • (OCoLC)ocn237048111

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