SLIDESHOW: West Virginia mining towns seek coal comeback
Fox News visited Boone County and other mining communities in West Virginia to talk about residents' hopes for a coal comeback.
A decade ago, West Virginia’s bucolic Boone County was leading the nation in mining jobs.
Then a wave of environmental regulations had devastating effects on towns built around the industry.
While the community took a hit, some plants continued operating. This one, in Madison, is one of a handful of coal plants left in the state.
A 1994 statue dedicated to West Virginia coal miners outside the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine in Beckley, West Virginia
Chris Hamilton, senior vice president of the West Virginia Coal Association, sees hope for jobs.
Coal-mining communities across Appalachia see a shot at rebuilding, as the Trump administration moves to ease regulations.
While the industry is hurting, the coal is still being produced -- tons of it, like this pile in Marmet, W.Va.