For warmth, some households still burn coal

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For warmth, some households still burn coal

Rural residents turn to cheap fuel even as use declines nationally

For warmth, some households still burn coal

Monte Miller purchases coal from Hay Gulch Coal in La Plata County to heat his home south of Bayfield. Coal provides an economical source of heat through the winter, but the fossil fuel is tied to health and environmental hazards.
Monte Miller drops a lump of coal into his stove that heats his home south of Bayfield. A few lumps of coal can burn for hours, providing warmth through cold winter nights.
Monte Miller uses coal to heat his home south of Bayfield. The King II coal mine in western La Plata County provides coal to Hay Gulch Coal, which sells the fuel to residents across the region.
Monte Miller uses a coal stove to heat his family’s home south of Bayfield.
Ron Crawford with Hay Gulch Coal in La Plata County drops a load of coal into the bed of Leonard and Ester Thomas’ pickup. They will use the coal to heat their home in Counselor, New Mexico.
Ron Crawford with Hay Gulch Coal talks with a customer before loading their truck with coal. Hay Gulch Coal, a few miles from the King II mine in western La Plata County, is one of the few sellers of coal in the region.

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