This Sept. 11, 2012 photo shows a coal mine near Gunnedah, Australia, 450 kilometers (280 miles) northwest of Sydney. Gunnedah, whose previous heyday came during the 1950s wool boom, may be undergoing one of its biggest transformations since it was settled in 1856, says former Mayor Adam Marshall. "We did have a mini coal boom in the early 1980s, but nothing on the scale which we’re seeing now." (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

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This Sept. 11, 2012 photo shows a coal mine near Gunnedah, Australia, 450 kilometers (280 miles) northwest of Sydney. Gunnedah, whose previous heyday came during the 1950s wool boom, may be undergoing one of its biggest transformations since it was settled in 1856, says former Mayor Adam Marshall. "We did have a mini coal boom in the early 1980s, but nothing on the scale which we’re seeing now." (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
This Sept. 11, 2012 photo shows a coal mine near Gunnedah, Australia, 450 kilometers (280 miles) northwest of Sydney. Gunnedah, whose previous heyday came during the 1950s wool boom, may be undergoing one of its biggest transformations since it was settled in 1856, says former Mayor Adam Marshall. "We did have a mini coal boom in the early 1980s, but nothing on the scale which we’re seeing now." (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
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