Cole River Valley, West Virginia is a community surrounded by lush mountains and toxic hazards. Filmed over a period of five years, ON COAL RIVER follows a David-and-Goliath struggle as a former mine worker and his neighbors to the future of their valley, their children and their lives, as they are known . Ed Wiley once worked in the same coal plant that was a threat to his granddaughter’s primary school. When his local government refused to take action, Ed insisted on a search to move the school to a safe ground. With a sharp sense of right and wrong, Ed confronts his local school board, the state government and a notorious coal company for endangering his granddaughter and his community.