Assistant Superintendent Casey Crooks stands beside coal mining equipment at Murray Energy Corporation’s Century Mine near Beallsville

 
Assistant Superintendent Casey Crooks stands beside coal mining equipment at Murray Energy Corporation’s Century Mine near Beallsville
Assistant Superintendent Casey Crooks stands beside coal mining equipment at Murray Energy Corporation’s Century Mine near Beallsville, Ohio January 24, 2013. While cities such as Pittsburgh have recovered from the decline of coal and steel, rural areas such as the Ohio Valley have been largely left behind. Four or five mines operate in an area that once had 25, veteran miners say. Picture taken January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Daniel Trotta