At first, the communities in the Appalachian region embraced AMS with open arms, excited to be the beneficiary of their new techniques in acquiring additional resourced from old mines. Atomic Mining Services skyrocketed to fame with the use of atomic charges to mine ore, which was a risk that did not sway the mining communities already familiar with hazardous techniques.
AMS research and development initially reported enthusiastic reports on the effort, stating that, "energy production from Ultracite continues to exceed expectations," and noting that they sought to further understand how ultracite was created, in hopes of taking their production of such "to the national level."
While further attempting to perfect its ultra-deep mining methods, the company experienced numerous failures with the underground detonations in Welch - and severe environmental damage around Mount Blair. As a result, AMS pulled out of the area, citing "technical failures," pushing the coal towns further into economic free fall.
However, the company's interest in the town was reignited when veins of raw ultracite were discovered there after the fact, many simply bursting through the floors and walls of homes in Welch. The company quickly descended upon the town, attempted to forcibly evict townspeople from their homes in order to extract the valuable ore, claiming that "they had resource rights to the land." This caused a significant backlash among residents, resulting in violence and the summoning of the National Guard down to quell the unrest.
In addition, AMS cooperated closely with both RobCo Industries and Hornwright Industrial. The partnership with RobCo was invaluable when dealing with politicians and helped them deflect attention away from other operations, and focused on the town of Watoga, where the two corporations attempted to create an elite town of the future. The Hornwrights, leading the automation revolution in Appalachia, provided AMS with a never-ending stream of auto-miners.
Although AMS board members expressed reservations about the lack of investment in a proprietary device, the CEO convinced them by pointing out that Hornwright's experience with drilling applications proved to be the key lynchpin. They were just cheaper and faster to make than AMS could be capable of doing on its own. Another advantage was the history between Penelope Hornwright, Daniel Hornwright's daughter and company's COO, and AMS, having been an intern in the past, as it was her insistence that made the deal possible in the first place.
Ultracite: A mysterious, radioactive glass-like ore that had the potential to become a significant fuel source in the United States.
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