Wasting Libby: The True Story of How the WR Grace Corporation Left a Montana Town to Die (and Got Away With It) by Andrea Peacock
Wasting Libby chronicles decades of neglect by state and federal agencies, which allowed the Grace corporation to reap millions in profits from the largest vermiculite mine in the world, while knowingly exposing generations of Montana residents to fatal levels of asbestos-contaminated dust. Libby’s story, which culminates in the 2009 criminal trial of the corporation’s executives, is ultimately the tale of the families who fought Grace for justice, who refused to sacrifice their dignity even as they lost their lives.
We love Montana for its wide open spaces, for its pristine forests, clear water and clean air. Montana represents the last best place, a place where wild animals roam free and people can live in caring communities and enjoy individual freedoms.
It is a state where neighbors look after each other. It’s a state of mind. It is where I’ve been fortunate enough to hang my hat for thirty years.
What happened in the town of Libby, Montana is a tragedy.
Andrea Peacock’s insightful book tells the story of a small town in Montana that was contaminated and then discarded.
Libby is littered with the dead and the dying, poisoned by the corporation that employed them and ignored by a government it trusted to protect them. As she uncovers the layers of betrayal, she also discovers the resilience of the people of Libby.
Through her reporting we discover the many aspects of human nature. She illustrates man’s inhumanity to his fellow man, but also the pioneer spirit of a town in Montana that pulls itself up by its bootstraps and moves forward. – Jeff Bridges
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