President Donald Trump hailed the opening of a new coal mine in Pennsylvania — the country’s first new mine in recent history — showcasing how deregulation is boosting employment in the industry, 100% Fed Up reports.
Located in Somerset County outside of Pittsburgh, Corsa Coal Company’s mine will be a “boon to the struggling local economy,” according to CEO George Dethlefsen.
Dethlefsen said that the mining operations currently employ 70 workers. He said that up to 400 people applied to work there.
Dethlefsen also praised the Trump administration’s policies that eased regulations and encouraged exploration for fossil fuel.
Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, said the mine was part of an effort to bring the industry back to Pennsylvania and get people back to work. The state government awarded a $3 million in grant money for the project.
To reverse decades-long decline in coal mining in the U.S., President Trump has made the revival of the coal mining industry the central part of his environmental policy.