"Then the coal company came with the world’s largest shovel; And they tortured the timber and stripped all the land; Well, they dug for their coal till the land was forsaken; Then they wrote it all down as the progress of man." – John Prine

“Then the coal company came with the world’s largest shovel; And they tortured the timber and stripped all the land; Well, they dug for their coal till the land was forsaken; Then they wrote it all down as the progress of man.” – John Prine


West Virginia Mining Town Bought Up by Massey Energy
www.nytimes.com
A small town in West Virginia has essentially disappeared in the wake of the state’s largest surface-mining operation.

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