NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Coal exports are way up, and Hampton Roads' ports are seeing the bulk of the benefit.

Our partners at The Virginian-Pilot uncovered coal exports surged by nearly 60 percent in just one year.

Here's how it breaks down:

  • Norfolk Southern's Lamberts Point terminal saw a 56 percent increase
  • Pier 9 in Newport News is up 46 percent
  • DTA in Newport News is up 71 percent

Energy experts tell the Pilot the surge is backed by a healthier coal industry brought on by the current administration.