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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. 


There are no events at this time.

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."

WHEELING, W.Va. -- As the coal industry continues to suffer in West Virginia, leaders in the industry are working to find some sort of solution.

On Tuesday, state and coal leaders met to talk about what's next and what can be done to help. They say many changes are resulting in unemployment, companies shutting down, and higher power rates for the public. “We have senior citizens and people on fixed income and yet we are getting ready to raise their electricity by 50 percent, and it just can't happen,” West Virginia Lt. Governor Bill Cole said.

The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register


Staff Writer

WHEELING - Coal industry officials, academic researchers and community leaders will converge and collaborate this week regarding methods of curtailing the impact of President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan.

The West Virginia Coal Forum, an organization representing both labor and management in the coal industry, will present "West Virginia Coal 2015 & Beyond." The event, which includes a free lunch and is open to the public, is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Oglebay Park's Wilson Lodge.

By BILL ARCHER Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD —  Speakers as well as persons attending the Coal Forum scheduled from 11 a.m., to 1 p.m., on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Oglebay Resort & Conference Center will have several coal industry related issues to discuss.

Senate President Bill Cole, R-Mercer, John Deskins, Ph.D., from the WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research as well as members of West Virginia’s congressional delegation will provide their insights at the forum. In coal country, there is much to discuss.

Register now for Wheeling Coal Forum. Lunch Included
The West Virginia Coal Forum – an organization representing both labor and management in the coal industry – in conjunction with multiple local, regional and national partners, will host a series of five meetings across the state throughout the remainder of the year highlighting the challenges and opportunities facing West Virginia’s coal and energy sectors. 
Titled “West Virginia Coal – 2015 & Beyond”, this series of educational and informational events will bring attention to the impact of U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, state and federal environmental regulations and strategies for confronting these critical issues head on. 
Political leaders, industry officials, energy experts and issue stakeholders will share their expertise on these important topics and the affect they are having on West Virginia jobs and our economy.  

Charleston, WV (August 3, 2015) – While the Obama Administration will formally adopt its Clean Power Plan today, West Virginia is already experiencing its impact via the decimation of coal and power generation industry employment, representatives with the West Virginia Coal Forum announced today. 

Joel Watts, administrator for the West Virginia Coal Forum – a group representing both mine labor and management across the state – said, “This new rule, coupled with other recent emission-related regulations promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has forced the closure or planned closure of hundreds of power plants across the country.  As coal-fired power plants close, the need for West Virginia coal to power them – and the thousands of miners who produce it – goes away.”