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In the Black: ’It’ll Get Easier’

Three-hundred feet below the surface in the hammering din of a jack-leg drill, air horns, and screaming men, Gary once more fantasizes about calling it quits. One thing stops him. “Unless I could levitate, … I wasn’t going anywhere.”

New Columnist Shines Light Underground

Gary Bentley earned his living in Kentucky coal mines for 12 years. He says the stories he sees in the media about miners and mining life don’t reflect the world he experienced on the job. With a new series of columns called “In the Black,”…

Mountaintop Removal Moves Closer

An environmental advocacy group, using satellite images and a Google app, has documented the spread of mountaintop removal coal mining in Central Appalachia. Mines have gotten closer to human settlements since 1999. And they are linked to…