The deadline for registering to vote in the November general election is October 14, 2014. This is also the deadline for citizens to change their address or switch political parties. To check your registration or to download a registration form, visit the West Virginia Secretary of State’s website at http://www.sos.wv.gov/elections/voterinformation/VoterRegistration/Pages/default.aspx/
The Friends of Coal social media network is continuing its unprecedented growth, adding another 1,400 fans over the past 15 days, bringing out total footprint to 86,989 fans. During that period we made 645 posts and received 22,600 incoming comments from 12,400 unique users. In total, we garnered 850,000 impressions during the two-week period – up almost 100,000 from our previous report.
Over the past 90 days we added 16,200 new fans and 297 new Twitter followers. We made 7,200 posts and received 171,800 incoming messages and comments from 106,700 unique users. In total, we garnered 7.2 million impressions during the period.
A very special episode of The Coal Seam television show is airing through the month of September. The show was filmed on location at the July Coal Rally in Pittsburgh. The show includes 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.
The episode is available on the state Library Television Network as well as your local cable system’s public access channel. Locally it is on Suddenlink Channel 17.
The next episode, with scheduled guest Roger Horton, president of the United Citizens for Coal, will be taped this week. Horton will be on hand to discuss the impact of these regulations on retirees and the communities of the coalfields. He will also discuss the recent merger of United for Coal and Citizens for Coal organizations. The new grassroots group has approximately 7,000 members in 26 states.
The Friends of Coal petition continues to collect signatures to protect America’s coal jobs. The petition has been online for about two months and has already collected more than 9,000 letters of opposition to the rule 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.
The comments period closes October 16th. We need to generate more letters supporting America’s coal mining jobs.
If you have not already done so, please visit the online petition and add your support at www.friendsofcoal.org/soundoff. We need your help and we hope you will do it today!
Miners, community members and others connected with the state's coal mining industry will gather at Tamarack in Beckley on Thursday, Oct. 2, for the 2014 Miners' Celebration, a gala reception and dinner to celebrate the past, present and future of West Virginia's coal mining enterprise. According to organizers, the purpose of the annual event is to recognize those who play a role in the success of the state's mining enterprise.
The public outreach effort of the Friends of Coal continued this past week with two events. WVCA Senior Vice President Chris Hamilton spoke this week’s breakfast meeting of the Vandalia Rotary Club in Charleston. Hamilton talked to the crowd about the current state of West Virginia’s coal industry, as well as the impact of the Obama Administration’s GHG standards on the economy of the state. Hamilton then took questions from the crowd. All-in-all it was an excellent turnout and event.
WVCA ‘s Executive Staff also attended the 100th Anniversary of the West Virginia Mining Extension Service in Morgantown on Thursday.
“That West Virginia’s flagship university has had a mining training program in place for 100 years clearly shows the importance of the industry to the state and the nation,” WVCA President Bill Raney said. “It has trained tens of thousands of the nation’s best miners over its history – people who have literally helped build this nation and we are proud to have been part in this celebration.”
The Annual Fall Meeting will be held in Morgantown on October 31 – November 1 at the Waterfront Hotel. November 1st will be Energy Industry Appreciation Day at the WVU v. TCU football game with special pricing for all those who work in the energy industries. Please mark your calendars. Contact the Association office for details.
A repeat of last winter's deep freeze could lead to electricity blackouts in a clutch of states spanning the Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic as proposed environmental regulations propel a switch toward natural gas-fired power.
PJM Interconnection, a regional grid operator, proposed new measures aimed at ensuring it doesn't again flirt with losing 22 percent of its electricity capacity as it did during the "polar vortex" in early January. Echoing the concerns of Republicans and some centrist Democrats who have admonished the Obama administration for rules that would restrain the use of coal-fired power, PJM noted the situation could become direr under a "rapid transition" from coal to natural gas.
According to the latest information from the U.S. Energy Information Agency, coal production in the United States fell by 5.5 percent for the week ending August 30 compared to the same time last year. Production for the week stood at 19.2 million tons compared to 20.3 million tons in 2013.
Coal production for the 52 weeks ending August 30 was also off by 1.8 percent, from 993 million tons in 2013 to 974 million tons this year. This reduced production was reflected in the number of rail cars loaded, which fell by 7.1 percent year over year, from 86,674 cars loaded in 2013 to 84,719 cars in 2014.
The Friends of Coal social media network is continuing its unprecedented growth, adding another 1,300 fans over the past 15 days, bringing our total footprint to 86,536 fans. During that period we made 848 posts and received 18,100 incoming comments from 10,900 unique users. In total, we garnered 783,000 impressions during the two-week period – down slightly from our previous report.