A massive dragline excavator with a bucket big enough to hold two Ford Fs pickup trucks dwarfs several ton dump trucks piled high with lignite. As the excavators scrape through seven stories of South Texas dirt, the machine unearths a dark vein of coal that feeds the nearby San Miguel power plant, the source of 20 percent of the electricity for the South Texas Electric Cooperative, which servescustomers in 42 counties. Lignite, often called brown coal, is the lowest grade of coal and produces less energy and more carbon pollution than harder, black coal.
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In Augustamidst hourly updates on the fate of six coal miners trapped by a Utah mine collapse, word of another mine accident emerged—this time from the Hoosier State. Three workers in the Gibson Mine descending into an air shaft they were building fell more than feet to their death when the bucket lowering them was somehow upset. The mine, operated by the Gibson County Coal Company in Princetonis one of seven active underground mines in Indiana, all of which are clustered in the southwestern corner of the state.
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Mountaintop-removal mines in Appalachia are estimated to produce just 5 to 10 percent of total U. This highly destructive form of surface mining is disfiguring an entire region, the coalfield areas of West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia, because of one reason: profit. More than mountains in the southern Appalachians, which are among the oldest mountains on Earth, have already been sheared off.
Coal mining in the United States is an industry in transition. Employment of 50, coal miners is down from a peak ofin Coal remains an important factor in the 25 states in which it is mined.
This story was co-produced with the Center for Public Integrity. Here in the land of wind-whipped, rolling plains, the gray dust, which sparkles in just the right light, seems inescapable. Residents of this town near the Arkansas line say they have spotted it on their grass, trees, ponds, barns, furniture and cars.
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