Energy. Environment. Economy.

“Appalachian Coal Fights for Survival on Shale Boom”

Appalachian coal production has dropped, as production costs rise.

Coal mining in Appalachia has survived deadly explosions, the Great Depression and the country’s largest armed insurrection since the Civil War. The latest threat is booming shale-gas production. U.S. power utilities are favoring natural gas, which is trading at its cheapest in a decade as hydraulic fracturing opens up previously inaccessible reserves.

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