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Logan Fieldhouse packed for bill signing
By Ron Gregory
Logan Banner

LOGAN – The Logan High School Fieldhouse was packed with LHS students Tuesday as various elected officials participated with Governor Earl Ray Tomblin in a ceremonial bill signing. The event, which also included others primarily from the coal industry, was part of a coal forum. The WV Coal Forum is an organization representing both labor and management in the coal industry. The meeting in Logan was co-sponsored by the Logan County Chamber of Commerce.

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From the White House to the coalfields: two different perspectives
WV MetroNews
By Jeff Jenkins

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin held a ceremonial bill signing Tuesday, signing HB 4346 which creates a framework with how the state can deal with federal guidelines for clean air while protecting coal.

LOGAN, W.Va. — It seemed somewhat ironic Tuesday that at the same time coal supporters were holding a forum on the importance of the industry at Logan High School, President Barack Obama was meeting at the White House with scientists on climate change and how to further deal with carbon emissions.

What was just a coincidence wasn’t lost on West Virginia Coal Association Vice President Chris Hamilton.

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W.Va. Coal Forum Focuses on EPA Standards and Economy

LOGAN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Leaders in West Virginia spent the day talking about how the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulations to slow down global warming are hurting the state's economy.

They say new EPA standards could cause the closure of even more coal mines.

A coal forum was held in Logan County. Hundreds of high school students and coal supporters in the community packed into the Logan High School Fieldhouse to hear from state and regional leaders about their plans to protect coal jobs.

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Leaders discuss effects of EPA regulations on coal industry
By Alanna Autler, Reporter


Coal is a way of life in Southern West Virginia, and many leaders want to keep it that way.

"Obviously we're having problems in the coal fields," said Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. "But we're continuing to work on that."

Tomblin joined state and local leaders for a meeting hosted by the West Virginia Coal Forum at Logan High School Tuesday. The governor ceremoniously signed House Bill 4346, which aims to protect coal jobs and fuel supplies while outlining ways to comply with federal climate laws.

"Our future is as intertwined with the coal industry as it is with breathing the air," said Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV).

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Coal Forum Examines EPA Proposals

Stakeholders in the coal industry gather at the Logan Fieldhouse to talk about Environmental Protection Agency air emission standards. Both the rules already on the books and those that are in the pipeline.

Many here say if the New Source Performance Standards are adopted, it will be nearly impossible to build new coal-based power plants in the future.

"It's no joke they want to shut it down," Delegate Rupie Phillips, (D) Logan. "If we continue to let them shut it down our power bills are going to triple, our jobs are going to be lost. Gas can't maintain the power grid up to the level it needs to be."

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