According to the latest information from the U.S. Energy Information Agency, coal production in the United States fell by 400,000 tons for the week ending August 9 compared to the same time last year. Production for the week stood at 19.2 million tons compared to 19.6 million tons in 2013.
Coal production for the 52 weeks ending August 9 was also off by 1.6 percent, from 993 million tons in 2013 to 977 million tons this year. This reduced production was reflected in the number of rail cars loaded, which fell from 6,060,769 cars loaded in 2013 to 5,996,869 cars in 2014.
A very special episode of The Coal Seam television show will begin airing next week. The show was filmed on location at this past month’s coal rally in Pittsburgh. The show will include vignettes of the rally, which included Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia, Gov. Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor of Ohio. Gov. John Kasich was also on hand via a video he sent. WVCA President Bill Raney and Senior Vice President Chris Hamilton also addressed the crowd of thousands of coal miners there to protest the EPA’s GHG regulations that are shutting down coal-fired power plants and killing thousands of jobs.
Watch for the episode next week. It will be broadcast through most of September. It is available on the state Library Television Network as well as your local cable system’s public access channel. In the Charleston area, it is on Suddenlink Channel 17.
The Friends of Coal petition to protect America’s coal jobs has already collected approximately 6,000 letters of support through our convenient online tool. The online tool allows you to file your comments calling on EPA to rescind its job-killing regulations that are halting the construction of new coal-fired power plants and essentially forcing the closure of existing plants. The letters are sent directly to the EPA’s official comments email address.
If you have not already done so, we ask that you visit the out online petition and add your support. You can do so at www.friendsofcoal.org/soundoff. Please do it today – for all of us!
The Capito for Senate campaign will host a “Working for Jobs Rally” Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at Tamarack in Beckley. The rally will be held in Ballroom A from 2:30PM to 3:30PM.
Show your support for creating and keeping jobs in West Virginia and stand up to the policies and regulations put forth by the Obama Administration in their never ending War on Coal.
The West Virginia Coal Association was invited to Thursday’s meeting of the Kanawha County Commission to discuss the impact of the recent layoff announcements that could potentially impact as many as 1400 coal miners – many of them from Kanawha and surrounding counties.
WVCA Senior Vice President Chris Hamilton and Vice President Jason Bostic met with the Commission, providing up-to-date information regarding the layoffs. Hamilton spoke about the issue at the regular Commission Meeting Thursday evening in Charleston.
WVCA Senior Vice President Chris Hamilton was a guest on Thursday’s “After the Bell” show on Fox Business News. Interviewed by phone, Hamilton spoke about the recent increase in coal imports from Russia, Columbia and other countries – imports that are displacing Appalachian coal in markets traditionally served by West Virginia, Kentucky and other eastern coal producing states.
Host David Asman said it was unbelievable that American coal miners were being laid off while coal was increasingly shipped from other countries due in large part to the costs associated with compliance with new federal regulations imposed by the Obama Administration.
If you want to see the segment in its entirety, it is available at http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/3730691123001/why-is-the-us-importing-coal/#sp=show-clips.
Gene Kitts, Alpha Natural Resources’ Senior Vice President for Environmental Affairs, and WVCA President Bill Raney joined federal and state political leaders Tuesday for a roundtable discussion of the federal government’s ‘War on Coal’ as well as some of the steps being taken to address the situation. The roundtable discussion was part of the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Coal Symposium.
By THE WASHINGTON TIMES - - Monday, August 4, 2014
A hundred years have passed since the American economist William Graham Sumner described “the forgotten man” of society. “He works, he votes, generally he prays — but he always pays.” A century on, there is no better description of the thousands of Americans who have toiled for generations in America’s coal mines, and who are now paying dearly for the energy follies of President Obama.
The White House has been scheming to “bankrupt” coal, a plentiful and affordable source of energy, to make way for the trendier alternatives that win the applause and admiration of billionaires from New York and San Francisco. They never have to think about their impact on coal country.
July 30, 2014
Thank you for the opportunity to address this distinguished gathering of coal, energy and industrial workers...Workers who have collectively built this region, and for that matter, our country, into the greatest place on earth to call home.
I speak today as Chairman of the West Virginia Business & Industry Council which is comprised of more than 60 West Virginia trade associations and businesses.
Since the official launch of our online tool to have comments submitted against EPA’s proposed existing source performance standards this past week, more than 4,700 people have signed the petition. The tool has already almost doubled the total number of signatures collected during the month we used it to collect comments for the new plant source performance standards. With almost two months to go during the comment period, we hope to collect 10,000 signatures.
The August edition of The Coal Seam television show is now on the air. This edition features a conversation with WV Coal Association President Bill Raney and West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Cabinet Secretary Randy Huffman.
Raney provides a brief outline of the current state of the industry in terms of production, employment and severance tax as well as a preview of the July 30 Coal Rally in Pittsburgh. The show was taped prior to the rally.
The 2014 edition of Coal Facts is now available. Published as an insert in this week’s edition of The State Journal, Coal Facts 2014 features final production, employment, severance and other data for calendar year 2013 as well as commentary from West Virginia Coal Association President Bill Raney, Senior VP Chris Hamilton and VP Jason Bostic.
We urge you to pick up a copy of this week’s State Journal. Limited copies are also available at the Association offices in Charleston. A digital copy will be made available for download on our www.wvcoal.com website within the next week.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin joined West Virginia miners, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor and others at the July 31st Rally to Support American Energy jobs. The rally was held in response to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) public hearing for the proposed Clean Power Plan rule which were being held in Pittsburgh Thursday, July 31 and Friday, August 1.
Four buses from West Virginia joined others from Ohio and Pennsylvania to transport people to the rally as well. Those in attendance included: Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti, Man Mayor Jim Blevins, Senator Art Kirkendoll, Senator Ron Stollings, Delegate Rupie Phillips, members of Citizens for Coal and many more.