Hundreds converge on the State Capital for Coal Forum ahead of President’s visit

CHARLESTON, WV - Since President Barack Obama was due to speak in Charleston, West Virginia in the afternoon, mining industry officials, political leaders and pro-coal citizens took the opportunity to have their opinions heard the morning of Oct. 21.
They gathered for a Coal Forum Rally at the State Capitol grounds, beside the miner statue on the west side of the grounds, just a few hours before the scheduled arrival of the president.
Organizers said the rally was planned "to demonstrate disapproval with federal policies affecting West Virginia’s mining industry and the state residents it supports."

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An Open Letter to President Obama: Answers must address the root of the drug problem

Bill Raney, President

West Virginia Coal Association

Thank you, President Obama, for coming to West Virginia to discuss the rampant drug problem faced by our state, our region and, indeed, our nation. 

Perhaps no place has been more affected by the scourge of drugs — both prescription and illegal — than West Virginia. And perhaps no place in West Virginia has been more affected than the coalfields.

I can honestly say I don’t think there is a family in this state that hasn’t been touched by this problem.

Whether it is the disabled coal miner who becomes addicted to pain medications or the teenager who gets hooked on illegal drugs or even the middle-aged professional who becomes dependent on alcohol or narcotics, substance abuse spares no one.

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Environmental-Membership Meeting

October 28, 2015 @10am | Charleston Civic Center


WVCA Environmental Workshop

(Preliminary Agenda)

10:00am – 10:15am

Welcome and Introductions

Jason Bostic

West Virginia Coal Association

John McDaniel

Arch Coal, Inc./WVCA Environmental and Technical Committee Chair


10:15am – 11:00am

Impoundments/MSHA Update

Barry Thacker, P.E.

Geo/Environmental Associates, Inc.


11:00am – 11:30am

Water Quality Standards Updated: Selenium and Aluminum

Jason Bostic

Jennie Henthorn

Henthorn Environmental Services


11:30am – 12:30pm



12:30pm – 1:15pm

Site-Specific Water Quality Standards

Jennie Henthorn


1:15pm – 1:45pm

Clean Power Plan Overview

Christopher “Kip” Power

Babst Calland


1:45pm – 2:15pm

Water Quality Standards: Narrative, Conductivity, and Permit Shield

Robert McClusky

Jackson Kelly PLLC

Jennie Henthorn


2:15pm – 2:45pm

Endangered Species Act Update: Bats and Crayfish

Allyn Turner

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC


2:45pm – 3:15pm

WOTUS Report

Mike Castle

Applied Strategic Solutions


3:15pm – 4:00pm

OSM’s Proposed Stream Protection Rule

Jason Bostic


4:00pm – 4:30pm

Political and Legislative Report/Outlook

Jason Bostic


AG Morrisey Strikes Blow For Freedom Vs EPA

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The fight against Obama's EPA is never-ending. But, today West Virginia and surrounding states got a win over the Federal Government in the 6th Circuit, thanks to the work of Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

The 6th Circuit has blocked the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers from enforcing new rules over small stream, land, farms and other private property.

"Thanks to a conservative Attorney General with the courage to take on D.C. and Obama, we have a fighting chance to save our energy industries, farms and private property rights," said West Virginia Republican Party Chairman Conrad Lucas. "Every day Patrick Morrisey works to protect us from an out-of-control Federal bureaucracy. West Virginia is lucky to have such a committed and effective conservative leader in Patrick Morrisey."

West Virginia is a leader among the 31 states fighting this Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule.

The rule extends the EPA and Corps of Engineers' regulatory jurisdiction to an untold number of small bodies of water, including roadside ditches and short-lived streams or any other area where the agencies believe water may flow once every 100 years. It was published in the Federal Register June 29, and the agencies began enforcing the rule Aug. 28.

Governor Tomblin's Remarks to OSM - 09/17/2015