Coal companies in the West have mined an area the size of New York City — more than 400 square miles. Now they have to clean it up, and it’s given rise to a whole new reclamation economy.
‘Across the West, mining companies have dug up more than 500 square miles of land to access the coal seams underneath. If you were to look at a satellite image of these areas, you’d see the mines right away. They are big, gray rectangles. Wyoming Public Radio’s Stephanie Joyce reports on the difficult and expensive efforts to clean up and restore that land.’