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Where Coal Is Still Alive and Well

 

 

By Matthew Bristow and Marie Monteleone


October 2, 2017 - Colombia continues to bet on coal, even as global demand tapers off because the world is switching to cleaner fuels. Nearly all of Colombia's exports are produced by three multinationals near the Caribbean coast—Drummond Co. Inc., Glencore Plc and Cerrejon. In the interior, however, smaller operations such as these these produce fuel mainly for domestic consumption. Photographer Nicolo’ Filippo Rosso traveled to Cundinamarca Department to document a coal mining town for Bloomberg News. 



Miners push a wagon loaded with coal by hand. They can earn from $300 to $850 per month.

Photo by Nicolo' Filippo Rosso, Bloomberg


 


A furnace in which coal is used to produce coke.

Photo by Nicolo' Filippo Rosso, Bloomberg




A truck loaded with fuel leaves the distribution center.

Photo by Nicolo' Filippo Rosso, Bloomberg