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By Lindsay Oliver, WVVA Multimedia Journalist

BLUEFIELD (WVVA) -

During the Coal Forum in Bluefield on Thursday, friends of coal from state legislators to  industry representatives came together to discuss how the industry has changed and what is in its future.  The panel gathered to discuss the battle between the coal industry and the EPA and how they intend to fight for the industry.

By Bill Archer For The Register-Herald

Organizers of the West Virginia Coal Forum scheduled to start at 9 a.m., this morning at the Quality Hotel & Conference Center in Bluefield have finalized the schedule to today’s event.

Chris Hamilton and Fred Tucker, co-chairs of the West Virginia Coal Forum will join with Marc Meachum, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce to welcome those attending the event.

By BILL ARCHER Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD —  Organizers of the West Virginia Coal Forum scheduled to start at 9 a.m., this morning at the Quality Hotel & Conference Center in Bluefield have finalized the schedule to today’s event.

Chris Hamilton and Fred Tucker, co-chairs of the West Virginia Coal Forum will join with Marc Meachum, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce to welcome those attending the event.

By BILL ARCHER Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Both the state senate president as well as the Speaker of the House of Delegates are confirmed as presenters for the Coal Forum scheduled for July 23, in Bluefield according to Chris Hamilton, vice president of the West Virginia Coal Association and co-chair of the Coal Forum.

By BILL ARCHER Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — The recent warm spell last week brought on a slight increase in electric output,  but the increase in thermal coal production remains down 12.2 percent from production levels in late June, 2014.

But while thermal coal production showed a slight increase compared to the previous week, the number of rail car loadings continued its downward slide — off 13.3 percent compared to the same period last year.

Charleston, W.Va. - The West Virginia Coal Forum is hailing Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision as a much-needed battle victory against the federal government’s war on coal.

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

“Our nation’s highest court saw EPA's mercury rule for exactly what it was -- an economically disastrous power grab by a rogue agency and president that has been subverting Congress at every turn,” said Chris Hamilton, co-chairman of the Coal Forum. “Today, the legal system provided a much-needed check on the Executive Branch's regulatory overreach.”