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West Virginia Coal

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West Virginia Coal

West Virginia Coal

West Virginia Coal

Only Available in Archive Formats.

NPR's Brian Naylor reports on how a renewed interest in coal as an energy source could impact some West Virginia communities. The practice of mountain top removal — where dynamite is used to remove tons of earth revealing the coal beneath — is scarring the state's mountains and clogging valley streams. Residents are moving away to escape the daily blasting, and that is having an impact on local economies as well.