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On April 25 at 10am at the Charleston Civic Center, the West Virginia Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety, along with various industry and safety groups, will host an industry-wide briefing on the interference issue related to proximity detection systems and respirable dust sample devices when both devices are in simultaneous operation.

More details to follow.

For more information, please email Joel L. Watts, Health and Safety Administrator for the Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

http://www.msha.gov/notice-underground-coal-mine-operators-check-proximity-detection-system-interference

The West Virginia Coal Forum is calling on all presidential candidates to respect and protect the coal industry and the miners who have built this nation.

The Coal Forum is an organization representing business and labor in West Virginia’s coal industry.

As the public now should be abundantly aware, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made it clear this week that she will continue the Obama Administration’s war on coal.

“We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business,” Clinton said Sunday night while boasting about her clean energy program — and with a big smile on her face, according to media coverage of the event. The remarks were made during at a CNN town-hall event.

The West Virginia Coal Forum extends its gratitude and praise to West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey for helping to halt the federal government’s so-called “Clean Power Plan.”

The Coal Forum is an organization representing business and labor in West Virginia’s coal industry.

“The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision halts the clean power plan in its tracks, giving our coal industry some much-needed breathing room,” said Coal Forum Co-chairman Chris Hamilton. “This is all because of the efforts of our Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. His determination and leadership have never failed West Virginia and the coal industry since he first came into office.”

The West Virginia Coal Forum commends West Virginia’s U.S. Senate delegation for their leadership and support of two joint resolutions that express the Senate’s disapproval of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s so-called Clean Power Plan. 

The Coal Forum is an organization representing business and labor in West Virginia’s coal industry.

“Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin demonstrated true leadership in the coal industry’s fight against EPA’s power plant rules,” said Coal Forum Co-Chairman Chris Hamilton. “The entire country now knows that the majority of the United States Senate disapproves of the president’s irresponsible and economically dangerous energy policy agenda.”

Charleston, WV (November 5, 2015) – The West Virginia Coal Forum applauds West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s continued efforts to strike down the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new source performance standards (NSPS). This rule effectively prohibits the construction of new, coal-fired power plants.

Chris Hamilton, co-chairman of the West Virginia Coal Forum, said, “With the loss of nearly 8,000 direct mining jobs in our state and region at the hands of the Federal government, General Morrissey is a true champion who continues to fight for the people of West Virginia. We are hopeful that his suit will lead to a reversal of the NSPS regulations.”

Charleston, WV (October 21, 2015) – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, state legislative leaders, miners and mining industry supporters will hold a rally at the State Capitol at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday – Oct. 21 – to demonstrate disapproval with federal policies affecting West Virginia’s mining industry and the state residents it supports. 

Chris Hamilton, co-chairman of the West Virginia Coal Forum, said, “President Obama will be in Charleston Wednesday to discuss the impact of substance abuse on our population and that of the nation.  Unfortunately, his administration’s regulation of the mining industry has contributed to the loss of more than 8,000 direct mining jobs and tens of thousands of support positions in our state.  Lack of employment – and the hopelessness that creates in the individual – is certainly a contributing factor to substance abuse, and we hope he recognizes that during his visit.”

The event is open to the public and will be held near the “Miner Statue” on the west side of the Capitol, near the Culture Center. Media are encouraged to attend. 

For additional information, contact the West Virginia Coal Forum at (304) 957-2306.

WHAT:       Coal Forum Event/Rally

WHERE:     State Capitol Complex, Charleston, WV

When:        Wednesday, Oct. 21 – 10:30 a.m.

The West Virginia Coal Forum will host an event/rally this Wednesday – October 21st – beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the State Capitol Complex in conjunction with the President’s visit to Charleston.  Coal miners, policy makers, impacted citizens and others will discuss how federal coal policies are impacting their lives.

The President will speak to the impact of substance abuse on West Virginia and the nation on Wednesday.  Federal coal policies have eroded mining and related jobs in our state. Substance abuse is increasing while mining jobs decline. 

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The Southern States Energy Board overwhelmingly rejected the Obama Administration’s so-called “Clean Power Plan” on Monday.

Representatives from the 16 states plus the U.S. Virgin Islands that make up the SSEB voted to adopt a resolution on Sept. 28 in support of legal challenges to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. The resolution -- Policy Resolution 1-2015 -- also encourages governors to consider not submitting a plan for federal approval. Puerto Rico, also an SSEB member, abstained from voting.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is chairman of the SSEB this year, which met this week at The Greenbrier resort. The three-day annual meeting used the theme “Producing America’s Energy and Power,” and focused on the role of the southern states in leading the nation toward international energy partnerships and technology deployment.

CHARLESTON - The Coal Forum is calling for a coalition of labor, management and community leaders that will speak very loudly that the OSM Stream Protection Rule is another example of federal government overreach. 

A rule aimed directly at the heart and soul of WV. 

We will update you details emerge. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015
City: Charleston, WV 
Location: Charleston Civic Center 
200 Civic Center Dr., Charleston 25301 

Event expected to start late afternoon.

You can register at the link below for our event on September 17.

http://wvcoalforum.org/events.html#register

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CHARLESTON - The Coal Forum is calling for a coalition of labor, management and community leaders that will speak very loudly that the OSM Stream Protection Rule is another example of federal government overreach.  

A rule aimed directly at the heart and soul of WV.

We will update you details emerge.


OSMRE will provide opportunities for interested parties to deliver or write comments onsite at each public hearing. The bureau will also provide a platform for participants to speak with a court reporter who will transcribe their verbal comments for the written record. Additionally, the public will be able to speak in a public hearing format. For those speaking in the public hearing format, comments will be limited to two minutes in order to allow as many people to speak as possible. For those who cannot, or do not wish to attend a public hearing, OSMRE is accepting written comments through the U.S. Mail, hand-delivered and couriered comments to OSMRE headquarters in Washington, D.C., and electronically through www.regulations.gov. OSMRE must receive all comments no later than September 25, 2015. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015
City: Charleston, WV
Location: Charleston Civic Center
200 Civic Center Dr., 
Charleston 25301 
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 

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