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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. 


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.

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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 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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Forum eyes future of America due to Obama actions

August 19, 2015

By CASEY JUNKINS , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - For better or for worse, depending on one's perspective, President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan will significantly change America by the year 2030 - if its goal of cutting 32 percent of CO2 emissions from electricity plants becomes reality.

To the dozens of coal industry officials, elected leaders, candidates and concerned members of the public gathered for the West Virginia Coal Forum at Oglebay Park on Tuesday, the effect of the plan will be decidedly negative, as they believe the state is set to lose thousands of jobs and see skyrocketing electricity rates.

"By 2030, if this thing stands, our country will look nothing like this," Jason Bostic, vice president of the West Virginia Coal Association, said. "If West Virginia is going to continue to mine coal, the Clean Power Plan cannot stand."