This documentary originally aired Sunday, September 1st, 2013.
In 2013 for the first time in over 50 years West Kentucky coal mines produced more than their eastern counterparts. Coal companies employ more than 4,000 people in 10 west Kentucky counties, and more than 90% of Kentucky’s power comes from this ancient mineral. But there is much more beyond these numbers. In the coming hour we explore West Kentucky Coal and its people, places and power in this WKMS News Documentary.
SEGMENT 1 - PEOPLE
In our first story, Chad Lampe and Austin Ramsey head 800 feet below western Kentucky, to Warrior Coal’s Cardinal Mine #2 to uncover what miners do and why they do it.
Then, Whitney Jones speaks with Mike Foster, a retired miner from Greenville, Kentucky, about a less-than-desirable legacy of his career in the coal mines: black lung. And she discovers that if he could, Foster would go back in a heartbeat.