Mark Olalde


Mark Olalde reports on and photographs heavy industries in the U.S. and abroad, and his investigations have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, High Country News, the Center for Public Integrity, USA Today, and elsewhere.


For more than a century-and-a-half, the forests, streams, and hollows of the Appalachian Mountains have been scraped and gashed to unearth their heart of rich black coal. These lumps of hydrocarbon...