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Listen: Why another PA coal mine is closing

Another coal mine in Pennsylvania is closing, despite the efforts of pro-coal President Donald Trump. Though Trump has slashed environmental regulations, market forces are hurting coal’s chance for a revival. The closure of the 4 West Mine in Greene County will cost 370 miners jobs, as StateImpact Pennsylvania recently reported. Hear about the impact the [...]

At Greene County coal mine, dwindling production means 370 lost jobs

Austin Turner, 19, of Gladesville, W. Va. is one of 370 miners getting laid off at the 4 West Mine in Mt. Morris, Pa.

Austin Turner was headed back home to West Virginia on a recent afternoon from his job at the 4 West Mine in Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania. It was going to be one of his last shifts there, as the mine would be shutting down soon. At 19, he’d only been there eight months — but he [...]

Buoyed by Trump, some miners are sticking with coal

At a gymnasium in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, Trenton Phillips is looking for a job as a coal miner. Phillips already works at a company that fixes belt lines at coal mines. He’s at a job fair in Greene County today. He passes booths for health care and trucking jobs. He stops only at a booth for [...]

Remembering the Quecreek Mine Rescue 15 years later

This week marks the 15th anniversary of the Quecreek Mine Rescue. From July 24 through the 28, 2002, nine miners were trapped underground in a Somerset County coal mine. All nine men survived the 77 hour ordeal. On WITF’s Smart Talk Monday, former Governor Mark Schweiker and former Department of Environmental Protection Secretary David Hess [...]

Congress Could Move to Restore Coal Reclamation Funds

There may be hope on the horizon to restore Pennsylvania’s portion of federal money used to clean up abandoned coal mines. In August, StateImpact wrote about how Congress took money from a fund used for mine reclamation, in order to help fund the surface transportation bill. The state stands to lose $178 million dollars. The [...]

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