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  MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND REGISTER FOR THE WV COAL FORUM MEETING IN MARTINSBURG, SEPTEMBER 4TH

Event is sponsored by the WV Coal Forum and Co-hosted by the following:

Chamber of Commerce of Martinsburg & Berkeley County, Jefferson County Economic Development Authority, Berkeley County Economic Development Authority, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and the Eastern Panhandle Business Association

WHAT:    State, Regional Leaders to Discuss Importance of Coal to the Eastern Panhandle, State & Nation

WHEN:    Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 11:30am-2:00pm

WHERE:    Holiday Inn Martinsburg -    301 Foxcroft Avenue

REGISTER:    Email Joel Watts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with name, organization and number attending.

The West Virginia Coal Forum and the Eastern Panhandle co-hosts listed above will conduct a meeting to discuss the significance of the coal industry and coal exports to the Eastern Panhandle, our state and the nation from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4th at the Martinsburg Holiday Inn, located off I-81 at 301 Foxcroft Avenue in Martinsburg, WV.

A variety of regional experts and policy leaders will speak at the event, to include:

  • Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Senator John Unger, Majority Leader, WV State Senate
  • Eugene Trisko, Attorney at Law
  • Jerry Mullins, National Mining Association
  • Mark Muchow, Deputy Secretary, WV Dept. of Tax & Revenue
  • Bill Raney, President, WV Coal Association
  • Chris Hamilton, Vice-President, WV Coal Association & Co-Chair, WV Coal Forum
  • Fred Tucker, UMWA, Co-Chair, WV Coal Forum

Seating is limited and reservations are required.  To make a reservation please email Joel Watts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A buffet lunch will be served. There is no cost to attend the event.

Stakeholders in West Virginia’s economy – business leaders, association representatives, local legislators and policy leaders

Event is sponsored by the WV Coal Forum and Co-hosted by the following:
Chamber of Commerce of Martinsburg & Berkeley County, Jefferson County Economic Development Authority, Berkeley County Economic Development Authority, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and the Eastern Panhandle Business Association.


WHAT:          State, Regional Leaders to Discuss Importance of Coal to the Eastern Panhandle, State & Nation

WHEN:         Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 11:30am-2:00pm

WHERE:        Holiday Inn Martinsburg - 301 Foxcroft Avenue

REGISTER:     Email Joel Watts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with name, organization and number attending

According to information released by the West Virginia Division of Commerce in February, West Virginia coal exports grew by 40 percent last year, increasing from $5.3 billion in 2011 to $7.4 billion in 2012.  West Virginia coal accounted for 49 percent of U.S. coal exports in 2012. 

The West Virginia Coal Forum and the Eastern Panhandle co-hosts listed above will conduct a meeting to discuss the significance of the coal industry and coal exports to the Eastern Panhandle, our state and the nation from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4th at the Martinsburg Holiday Inn, located off I-81 at 301 Foxcroft Avenue in Martinsburg, WV. 

A variety of state and regional experts and policy leaders will speak at the event.  An agenda, to include speakers, will be released in the near future.  A buffet lunch will be served. There is no cost to attend the event.

Seating is limited and reservations are required.  To make a reservation please email Joel Watts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stakeholders in West Virginia’s economy – business leaders, association representatives, local legislators and policy leaders – are encouraged to attend. 

The West Virginia Coal Forum is an organization representing both labor and management in the coal industry.  For additional information, contact the West Virginia Coal Forum at (304) 957-2306, or visit the organization’s website at www.wvcoalforum.org.

Charleston, WV (Aug. 15, 2013) –  According to information released by the West Virginia Division of Commerce in February, West Virginia coal exports grew by 40 percent last year, increasing from $5.3 billion in 2011 to $7.4 billion in 2012.  West Virginia coal accounted for 49 percent of U.S. coal exports in 2012.

The West Virginia Coal Forum – an organization representing both labor and management in the coal industry – and co-host West Liberty University will conduct a meeting to discuss the significance of coal exports to our state and national economies from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 15 at West Liberty University’s Highland Energy Center, located in Triadelphia, West Virginia (near the Cabela’s retail store).
A variety of state experts and policy leaders will speak at the event, to include:
Seating is limited and reservations are required.  To make a reservation please email Joel L. Watts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Senator Jeff Kessler, President of the WV Senate
  • Robin Capehart, President, West Liberty University
  • Jeff Herholdt, Director, WV Division of Energy
  • Michael Zervos, CEO, United Coal
  • Bill Raney, President, WV Coal Association
  • Chris Hamilton, Vice-President, WV Coal Association & Co-Chair, WV Coal Forum
  • Fred Tucker, UMWA, Co-Chair, WV Coal Forum

Stakeholders in West Virginia’s mining economy – industry leaders, mining personnel, association representatives, local legislators and policy leaders – are encouraged to attend.

For additional information, contact the West Virginia Coal Forum at (304) 957-2306.
Presentations can be downloaded here .

July 4th, a time to celebrate our nation’s freedom, is upon us. This freedom has always been protected the hardworking sons and daughters of West Virginia, but who will protect West Virginia’s sons and daughters? Join us in Charleston on 11 July at 10am to discuss the future of West Virginia’s valuable export, coal. We have a growing list of speakers addressing how the rise of coal exports protect and shape our state economy. What will the future of West Virginia’s economy look like? Come and join us.

According to information released by the West Virginia Division of Commerce in February, West Virginia coal exports grew by 40 percent last year, increasing from $5.3 billion in 2011 to $7.4 billion in 2012.  West Virginia coal accounted for 49 percent of U.S. coal exports in 2012.

The West Virginia Coal Forum – an organization representing both labor and management in the coal industry – will host a meeting to discuss the significance of coal exports to our state and national economies at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 11 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Charleston.  

A variety of state experts and policy leaders will speak at the event, to include:

  • Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (Invited)
  • Ernie Thrasher, CEO of Xcoal Energy & Resources
  • Jeff Herholdt, Director of the WV Division of Energy
  • Michael Zervos, CEO, United Coal
  • Bill Raney, President of the WV Coal Association
  • Chris Hamilton, Vice-President of the WV Coal Association
  • Fred Tucker, UMWA (retired), Co-Chair WV Coal Forum

Seating is limited and reservations are required.  To make a reservation please email Joel L. Watts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Stakeholders in West Virginia’s mining economy – industry leaders, mining personnel, association representatives, local legislators and policy leaders – are encouraged to attend.

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

CHARLESTON -- The following statement is being issued by the WV Coal Forum in response to Senator Jay Rockefeller's vote on Wednesday to help defeat (46-53) a resolution (S.J. Res 37) that would have blocked implementation of EPA’s Utility MACT rule:

"West Virginia's coal mining community is extremely disappointed in Senator Rockefeller’s vote yesterday in the U.S. Senate against a resolution(SJR 37) that would have disapproved the EPA’s Utility MACT rule, the most expensive rule ever proposed by this agency.  It was a bad day for the industry, our people and consumers throughout West Virginia.

Despite a broad-based bipartisan coalition of industry, labor and elected officials, both local and statewide including our Governor, urging his support of the resolution, Senator Rockefeller decided to continue to follow the Obama Administration’s agenda to senselessly eliminate coal as a viable source for electric generation. Our people know what is at stake, and believe we have much more to lose with the Utility MACT rule than gain. We have stood with thousands of coal miners and their families over the past three years, at meeting after meeting, at rallies and at hearings. We counted on Senator Rockefeller to stand with us and listen to the voices of the thousands of West Virginians who have pleaded simply for a chance to work, to earn a living and take care of their families.

This strong support of individuals and groups from across West Virginia was no scare tactic, but rather a deep, sincere concern for the future of our State, our families and our professional workforce.  The Obama Administration’s assault on the West Virginia and Appalachian coal industry is real, as demonstrated by myriad of new coal regulations and policies from several agencies with unrealistic requirements and timetables, the intervention in the permitting process in six Appalachian states, as well as the agency’s revocation of the Spruce permit in Logan County. 

The Utility MACT rule as drafted will essentially prevent the construction of new coal fired generation into the future.  West Virginian’s embrace a clean coal future and have anew coal-fired power plant that is one of the cleanest in the nation, and emits a tiny fraction of the emissions of the previous generation of power plants.  The current generation of new coal fired power plants will meet the Utility MACT rule, however, the bar was set so high for plants into the future that the technology doesn’t exist to meet those standards.  Senator Rockefeller knows this yet he has decided to ignore this fact.

Our nation is best served through the pursuit of policies that are focused on balance, practicality and energy security.  The foundation of such policies require wise utilization of all our domestic energy sources. We as a nation cannot continue to effectively abandon our most abundant and reliable American energy resource and expect to achieve energy independence.”

Chris Hamilton, Co-Chair
Fred Tucker, Co-Chair
West Virginia Coal Forum