Big Coal is placing its final bets in these U.S. communities.
Despite the political and market forces arrayed against it, the coal industry is still clinging to life, pushing forward massive new mines, export terminals, railway lines, and power plants.
In a special report this week, Grist examines the struggling industry’s long game, including one company’s efforts to build a $700 million project on the Chuitna River in south-central Alaska. Here are seven other places where the American coal industry is trying to resuscitate itself at the expense of, well, the rest of us:
- Millennium Bulk Coal Terminal Longview, Washington
Even after major backer Arch Coal declared bankruptcy and dropped its stake in 2016, the $640 million export terminal won’t die.
- Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal Oakland, California
The city council and Gov. Jerry Brown oppose the $1.2 billion proposal, but developers are threatening legal action.
- Wishbone Hill Coal Mine Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska
The project had cleared most of its regulatory hurdles when members of the the nearby Chickaloon tribe filed a lawsuit.
- Coal Hollow Mine Kane County, Utah
A company with a history of cleanup violations wants an expansion that would double the mine’s annual output.
- Kayenta Mine Navajo County, Arizona
Located on reservation lands on Arizona’s Black Mesa, the Peabody-owned mine opened in 1973 but faces new opposition.
- Dos Republicas Mine Eagle Pass, Texas
Opened for business in November 2015, the mine on the U.S.-Mexico border threatens archaeological sites and burial grounds.
- Kemper County Energy Facility Kemper County, Mississippi
Mississippi’s $6.7 billion “clean coal” plant has been criticized as excessively expensive and too carbon-heavy, but officials say it could be operational by October.
Read our special report: Coal’s Last Gamble.