A West Virginia worker was recently stationed at major intersection in Kanawha county with an important mission: count how many coal trucks pass by in an hour.
He recorded 57 heavy coal trucks average, one reason commissioners are pleased that more coal severance taxes are being funneled into the areas where the resource is mined, according to Charleston Daily Mail.
County Commissioner Dave Hardy told the newspaper that it was quite different 40 years ago, as the funds sent to authorities for distribution “rarely made it back to the areas where the coal was being mined.”
"And that doesn't happen anymore," Hardy said. "We've had a real impact on the coal-producing parts of the county over the past several years."