Up to 100 coal miners in Pennsylvania will soon be back to work now that Corsa Coal Company of Somerset County has announced that it will open up its first new deep mine in six years. The mine will reportedly be producing metallurgical or bituminous coal, which is used to make steel. Anthracite coal, on the other hand, is typically used in energy production.
Speaking to the miners from remote video hook-up, President Trump took a moment to address the jubilant ceremony on Thursday afternoon, which marked a first step in reviving the country’s struggling coal industry.
“Washington may be 180 miles down the road, but I want you to know each and every day I’m fighting for you and all the forgotten men and women of America,” he told the miners as he fulfilled yet another campaign promise which will herald a new beginning for America’s coal industry.
Trump added, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be speaking with you on this great, great day. The miners of Pennsylvania are mining coal again.”
According to officials, the mine is located in the midst of a former farm field, at the bottom of a 120-foot-deep pit that took six months to excavate. The initial investment totaled $14 to $15 million and was underwritten in part by a $3 million state grant.
Company officials said the mine, which is expected to produce coal for the next 15 years, will eventually employ 70-100 miners.
Corsa CEO George Dethlefsen praised Trump’s easing of regulations and encouragement for fossil fuel exploration, acknowledging what a boon it will be for the local economy.
“It’s a hard day’s work every day, but it’s worth it,” said one miner.
A vocal Trump critic, Gov. Tom Wolf (D) was at the ceremony and watched Trump’s video message along with the miners.
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