Coal mining is ingrained in the Appalachian identity. As this region of the Eastern United States lagged in economic development, coal mining became its crutch, offering the only means of making living to thousands of Americans.
With environmental and profitability concerns on the rise; can this way of life survive?
Year-over-year cost effectiveness, environmental damage and health concerns from coal’s use and extraction is causing it to fall out of favor in the United States and abroad.
Black Cloud tells the tale of those who cannot imagine life without coal even though its mining places their lives in direct danger.