CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In July 2010, Larry Groce, co-founder of West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Mountain Stage music show, hosted a group of musicians from Kentucky.
Ben Sollee, Daniel Martin Moore and Yim Yames produced an album -- Dear Companion (http://www.npr.org/2011/07/04/130160618/appalachian-voices-on-mountain-stage)-- dedicated to the people of the Appalachian Mountains.
"Not only was it a musical collaboration, but they were united by their concern about mountaintop removal coal mining and its impact on the people and heritage of Central Appalachia -- Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia," Groce said when he introduced the group.
The musicians then sang a number of songs from their album.
One of the songs -- Fly Rock -- about the flying rock unleashed by mountaintop removal blasting, includes these lyrics:
"And in West Virginia the water's bad,
and there just ain't no peace to be had,
and that's the wrong way."
Of course, the same lyrics could be sung about hydraulic fracturing -- or fracking.
That's the practice of pumping massive amounts of chemical filled water underground to release natural gas to the surface. Fracking operations threaten to contaminate drinking well water throughout West Virginia and the Marcellus Shale region.
Chesapeake Energy is one of the major frackers in West Virginia -- and a major sponsor of Mountain Stage.
Chesapeake uses it's philanthropy to get results for the company's bottom line.
For example, from 2007 to 2010, Chesapeake donated $25 million to Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign.