A Coal Miner Moves West

Aug 28, 2015

Kent Parrish stands inside a coal shovel at a roadside viewing area for the Eagle Butte mine outside of Gillette, Wyoming.
Credit Leigh Paterson/Inside Energy

While states like West Virginia and Kentucky have been hit hard by the coal industry's decline, the picture for coal mining out west has been somewhat brighter. In Wyoming and Montana, it's mostly been business as usual—which is why some coal miners from West Virginia and Kentucky have decided to try their luck in Big Sky country. Here's one of those miners, in his own words.