America’s Coal Heartland Is In Economic Freefall — But Only The Most Desperate Are Fleeing
As the coal industry continues to decline--what many say isn't a "typical bust"--The Washington Post reports on the struggles of those in southern West Virginia looking to find new job opportunities and other ways to gather an income.
LOGAN, W.Va. - For 51 years he'd lived in the same hollow and for two decades he'd performed the same job, mining coal from the underground seams of southern West Virginia. Then, on June 30, Michael Estep was jobless. His mine shut down, and its operator said "market conditions" made coal production unviable.