Filming for Reality TV Show Underway in WV Coal Mine

Spike TV says filming of a reality show about West Virginia coal miners is now well under way.

Ten videographers who have been certified as apprentice coal miners are working with the managers and miners at Cobalt Coal's Westchester mine in McDowell County.

The crew completed the same 80-hour training course required of all new miners in West Virginia, passing their apprentice certification tests November 9.

Spike spokeswoman Debra Fazio said Tuesday the team started filming above ground that same day.

They're now working in a space just 42 inches high, some 600 feet deep.

Ten one-hour episodes of "Coal" are expected to air next spring.

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