As Coal Fades, What Will Happen To Thousands Of Miners?

Jun 2, 2016

It’s hard to say the coal industry is in anything but a state of free fall. In the past year, thousands of workers have been laid off, more than half of the country’s major coal companies have filed for bankruptcy and coal production now stands at a 30-year low.

Dave Hathaway and Bob Wilson were among the 220 workers who lost their jobs when Alpha Natural Resources announced it was closing the Emerald Mine in Greene County last November.
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