Keeping yet another campaign promise within his first 2 months President Donald Trump signed the legislation lifting the ban on coal mining that had crippled so many towns like Wise City Virginia.
Surface Coal Mining in Appalachia
Coal is mined in Appalachia by both surface and underground mining techniques. Surface coal mining methods in the steep terrain of the central Appalachian coalfields include mountaintop removal, contour, area and highwall mining. Coal mining operations are found in Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Alabama and Tennessee.
Smaller communities in areas like Appalachia County were among the hardest hit by the regulation which targeted the Stream Protection Rule. This was a widely criticized clean water rule imposed by the EPA under Obama which devastated the industry. The effect on the market has been the doubling of the value of coal based on demand.