LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Five miners died in U.S. coal mines in 2020, an all-time low mark for an industry in a year that saw continuing decline…
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MADISON, W.Va. — Boone County claims to be the birthplace of America's coal industry, the rich and abundant black rock discovered in these verdant hills almost three centuries ago. Coal gives name to nearly everything in these parts — the Big and Little Coal Rivers, the weekly Coal Valley News, the wondrous Bituminous Coal Heritage Foundation Museum, and the West Virginia Coal Festival, celebrating, as we arrive in town, its 24th year.
SOMERSET COUNTY, Pa. - Like many people here who have eked out a living underground, Edward Popernack, 84, is used to seeing outsiders paint the coal industry in sharp contrasts: Past or future. Liberal or conservative. Clean or dirty.