President Trump lauded the opening of the nation’s first new coal mine in recent memory.
Corsa Coal Company will operate the mine in Somerset County, Pa. – outside of Pittsburgh.
Corsa CEO George Dethlefsen said the mine will be a boon to the struggling local economy.
He praised Trump’s easing of regulations and encouragement for fossil fuel exploration.
Dethlefsen told Leland Vittert that for the 70 positions available in the mine, 400 people applied.
“It’s a hard day’s work every day, but it’s worth it,” one miner said.
Vittert said the news contrasts with Hillary Clinton’s message that she would “put a lot of coal miners out of work.”
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D), who endorsed Clinton, joined the mine company in watching a video message from Trump commemorating the occasion.
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