In Fracking, West Virginia Sees a Second Chance

Despite a century of lucrative coal mining, West Virginia remains among the nation’s poorest states. Now, natural gas represents a new hope for turning resources into riches.

Mike Kasavich, a lifelong coal miner, exits his mine after a 10-hour shift. Mining jobs pay well, but the number of active miners has plummeted in West Virginia as the industry has grown increasingly mechanized.
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