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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. 


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.