The Environmental Protection Agency will host public hearings on its new carbon regulations in Pittsburgh on July 31 and August 1. We’ve already paid the price for EPA’s costly and politicized rulemaking, and the agency’s newest regulations could be the most devastating yet.
Come join coal communities from across the Tri-State area and special guests, including Governors Corbett and Tomblin, for a fun-filled, family friendly rally and learn how you can get involved and take action. Let’s show EPA our support for coal!
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Jack Owens and his "Days of Gold" Tour with Kellie Pickler will headline this year's Friends of Coal Auto Fair, which is set for July 18th-20th at the Paul Cline Memorial Sports Complex in Beckley. The Fair will again feature the car show, carnival rides, food, vendors, live music, special performance and surprise guests with upwards of 50,000 people from all over the country attending. Visit the website: www.friendsofcoalautofair.com for ticket, sponsorship, schedule and general information on this three-day weekend event.
The Wheeling Cabela’s location and the Friends of Coal teamed up over the July 4th weekend for the 2nd Annual “Coal Miners Appreciation Days” at the store. The event featured special discounts for all coal miners as well as a lineup of special events, including a concert by Chris Higbee, a visit from the Friends of Coal IHRA Championship dragster Greg Fowler and a book signing by author Stacie Vaughn Hutton of her best-selling book “Shovel Full of Sunshine.” The event ran on Friday, July 4th and Saturday, July 5th.
Throughout the event, the Friends of Coal maintained a tent on site to encourage patrons to join the Friends of Coal and become advocates for the coal industry. In addition to the concert, several live remotes were conducted by local media outlets. The Cabela’s/Friends of Coal “Hometown Heroes” celebration is designed to support “Boatsy’s Boxes”, an organization that sends gift baskets to our military stationed overseas.
Last week the WV Tax Department of Revenue filed the Tentative Natural Resource Valuation Variables for tax year 2015 for public comment. The variables are used to appraise coal, oil, gas, managed timberland and other natural resource properties for property tax purposes. These proposed variables will be open for comments until August 1, 2014, with the final variables to be filed on September 1, 2014. Copies are available upon request from the Association office.
WVCA member Jackson Kelly PLLC announced, effective July 1st, the Evansville, Indiana law firm of Rudolph, Fine, Porter and Johnson, LLP, had elected to merge its 20 person practice with them. Rudolph, Fine, Porter and Johnson LLP was founded in Evansville in 1987 and serves clients in the Indiana-Kentucky-Illinois region in the areas of litigation, mediation, estate planning and administration, corporate, health care, banking, employment and real estate law. Jackson Kelly had opened an office in Evansville with three attorneys in 2011. The office is located in downtown Evansville, at 221 NW Fifth Street, Evansville, Indiana 47706-1507.
During the past week, the West Virginia Friends of Coal social media group moved past 77,000 total fans, adding 2,300 new fans and chalking up 1.3 million total impressions (eyeballs on a page) in just the past 15 days.
The Friends of Coal (National) page led the way adding 1,300 new fans over the past 15 days and chalking up almost ½ million impressions. Friends of Coal West Virginia followed closely with 1,000 new fans and just short of another ½ million impressions over the period. The Friends of Coal (National) page is now at almost 31,000 fans while the Friends of Coal West Virginia page is 25,000 total fans.
The West Virginia Coal Association will be re-launching it’s EPA Contact Tool to gather public comments on the agency’s proposed existing source standards for coal-fired power plants. We expect the tool to be re-launched early next week and it will provide a place for the public to send comments to the EPA regarding the job-destroying rule.
Look for an announcement on the re-launch in your email next week along with a link to the tool.
The EPA’s proposed standards for existing coal-fired power plants threatens hundreds of thousands of jobs across the county and will drive up electric prices by as much as 50-100 percent in some places.
Public groups from across the political spectrum, from labor unions to utilities, from citizens groups to coal companies have decried the rule as harmful to both the nation and to individual people – particularly those on fixed incomes and the poor.
The West Virginia Coal Association and the Friends of Coal will be taking part in a pro-coal rally July 30th in Pittsburgh. Dubbed “Operation No Surrender,” the event will take place to coincide with the EPA’s Public Hearing on its Existing Source Performance Standards for coal-fired power plants that will be held on July 31st in Pittsburgh – the closest location to the West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio coalfields.
Transportation to the event will be provided at several bus pickup points around the region. Those interested in attending will be asked to pre-register. More details should be available early next week. Check your emails and our Facebook pages for more information.
To comply with the new respirable dust sampling requirements of the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s 2014 Final Dust Rule, a training class to certify persons in respirable dust sampling will be offered at the Coal Mine Safety and Health District 3 office at 9 a.m. on July 18, 2014. A written and hands-on examination will be administered following the training.
Only notes taken during the training class are permitted to be used during the written examination. Reservations are recommended as the class size is limited to 40 persons, and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For reservations and other information contact the District 3 Health Section at (304) 225-6826.
Charleston Daily Mail
Friday, July 11, 2014
On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed one of the most onerous regulations in American history, which would mandate that states require existing coal-fired power plants to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by a staggering 30 percent in just 15 years.
This proposed rule would have devastating consequences on America’s economy, and the West Virginia economy in particular.
WHEELING, WV -- WV Friends of Coal will team up with Cabela’s in Wheeling for the Annual “Miner Appreciation Celebration” during the Fourth of July weekend.
The event is part of Cabela’s “Hometown Heroes” program with employee discounts and special recognition extended to all Friends of Coal during Friday July 4th and Saturday, July 5th.
Friends of Coal will have a tent on site throughout the event to provide patrons an opportunity to join the organization and to learn more about the coal industry.
The two-day event will culminate on Saturday, July 5th with a concert by Chris Higbee, live remotes by local media outlets, raffles for door prizes and many other hunting and fishing displays and activities.
Cabela’s “Hometown Heroes” celebration is designed to raise money for Boatsy’s Boxes, an organization that sends gift baskets to our military stationed overseas.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please give us a call at 304-342-4153.
The 21st West Virginia Coal Festival is set for June 17 thru June 21 in downtown Madison. This year’s event will feature top-notch entertainers, a parade, miner’s memorial service, mine equipment exhibits, fireworks, carnival, beauty pageant and many other events.
Entertainment line-up: June 19, Matt Stillwell & 7 Bridges; June 20, Rick Huckaby & LITTLE TEXAS; and, June 21, Autumn Blair & Katie Ohh.
Friends of Coal will be front-and-center for the event. The FOC will staff an informational booth at the festival. Also, West Virginia Coal Association Senior Vice President Chris Hamilton will be the featured speaker for the opening night of the event.
Jack Owens and his "Days of Gold" tour with Kellie Pickler will headline this year's Friends of Coal Auto Fair, which is set for July 18 – 20th at the Paul Cline Memorial Sports Complex in Beckley. The Fair will again feature the car show, carnival rides, food, vendors, live music, special performance and surprise guests with upwards of 50,000 people from all over the country attending. Visit the website: www.friendsofcoalautofair.com<http://www.friendsofcoalautofair.com> for ticket, sponsorship, schedule and general information on this three-day weekend event.
The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health Safety & Training has scheduled a workshop at 9 a.m. on June 26th at the WVU Academy of Mine Training and Energy, Dolls Run, WV. The workshop is a result of the passage of Title 36, Series 57, Rules Governing Proximity Detection Systems and Haulage Safety Generally. The purpose of the workshop is to review, and where necessary, explain the rule. Vendors will also be giving presentations on their products.