Energy and Environment Reporting for Texas

Working in the Mine: What Coal Means to East Texas

In East Texas, where unemployment rates in some counties are among the highest in the state, coal mining ranks as one of the biggest employers.

In the war between Austin and Washington over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to put stricter limits on air pollution, some people in communties like Fairfield and Jewett worry what will happen if coal production drops…or stops.


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