21 Nov '16, 5pm

Coal companies: We'd love to clean up our mess, but unfortunately we've just gone bankrupt. Sorry!

Coal companies: We'd love to clean up our mess, but unfortunately we've just gone bankrupt. Sorry!

Viewed from a satellite, West Virginia's mountaintop-removal mines are ash-gray scabs surrounded by the deep green of Appalachia's hardwood forests. At ground level, the vast mining sites exhale clouds of asthma-inducing coal dust and poison watersheds with selenium, arsenic, and sulfate. Cindy Rank, who chairs the mining committee for the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, has spent decades fighting the practice. Now, as the U.S. coal industry slouches toward extinction, she has a new concern. "If [the coal companies] leave and don't have any money to take care of the problems that they're leaving behind, then everybody's in trouble," she explains. "Those of us who are citizens of Appalachia and West Virginia will be paying one way or another—with our money or with our health." Currently, half of U.S. coal is mined by companies that either are in bankruptcy or have rece...

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