Coal mining begins seeing revival as Trump gives industry hope

Wise County, Virginia – A long-awaited revival is under way in this beleaguered Central Appalachia community where residents see coal as the once and future king.

Trucks are running again. Miners working seven days a week cannot keep up with current demand. Coal mines, long dormant after the industry’s collapse, are now buzzing again with antlike activity.

“We load coal every day for the power plant in Virginia City,” explained Rick, a long-time supervisor for a major local operation who did not want to give his last name. “There’s one shipment a week for Georgia Power, and one for Tennessee Eastman.”

The past month has seen a resurgence of the coal industry that once formed the backbone of the region’s economy, and locals credit President Trump’s aggressive, pro-energy agenda.

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • bobnstuff says:

    There are a few things missing from this story. The demand for coal hasn’t changed in the last two months at our power plants so if these mines are now supplying them with coal some other mine isn’t. Those so called high paying jobs pay less then the national average and China is cutting back on the use of coal as is the rest of the world. Unless there is an increase in demand all these mines opening will drive down the price of coal. Unless you live in coal country you might believe the lies being told about the turn around. These mines don’t employ the hundreds of miners like the old days, the have a few dozen at most and the are equipment operators who take the tops of mountains and dump them into streams. These jobs will last a little while but getting these peoples hopes up might just be the cruelest thing of all.

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