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Chris Hamilton: Carbon reduction can secure coal's future (Opinion)

Seeking realistic reductions in carbon emissions is a noteworthy cause and is shared by many state students, residents and businesses.

To the surprise of some, the coal industry is part of this movement and, together with our in-state electric utilities, have made substantial gains over time and reductions that have placed our energy assets among the best in the world.

During recent times, much of airborne contaminants have been eliminated, while the amount of coal used to manufacture electricity for a household has tripled. This is a phenomenal and noteworthy achievement.

West Virginia Coal Hall of Fame Inducts Gov. Jim Justice, Steve Leer, Michael Quillen, Chris Cline, ​​​​​​​Chris Hamilton, and Ralph Ballard

Charleston, W.Va. - - The West Virginia Coal Hall of Fame, a joint initiative between the West Virginia Coal Mining Institute and the West Virginia Coal Association and housed at the WVU Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources in Morgantown, inducted its newest class of honorees at a ceremony Tuesday evening, June 22, at the Marriott at Waterfront Place in Morgantown. 

West Virginia Coal Association, West Virginia Coal Mining Institute to Jointly Sponsor June Mining Program

Charleston, W.VA. ─ The West Virginia Coal Association is joining together with the West Virginia Coal Mining Institute to sponsor a special summer program for mining professionals on June 22-23, at the Marriott at Waterfront Place in Morgantown. 

The program is intended for mining professionals to learn about developing technologies, mine safety and environmental programs and emerging threats and challenges facing the industry. United States Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito will join with West Virginia’s First Congressional Representative David McKinley and State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to headline the program.  A variety of technical presentations are also slated for the two-day program.

Treasurer Moore fights for WV fossil energy industries!

On behalf of the West Virginia Coal Association and fossil energy developers everywhere, we’d like to offer our heart-felt appreciation to West Virginia State Treasurer Riley Moore for his efforts to reign in the Biden Administration’s attempts to curtail investments in fossil energy projects.

As described in the article below, Treasurer Moore is leading efforts by state treasurers across the country to warn the Administration they “could withdraw assets from any banks that reduce loans to fossil fuel companies”.

Maintaining the baseload power derived from coal and natural gas is critical for powering America’s energy needs, and doubly important for the economy of state’s like West Virginia and the tens of thousands of jobs they provide our citizens.

Hat’s off to Treasurer Moore!


U.S. State Treasurers Warn Kerry Not To Pressure Banks On Climate

Treasurers from 15 U.S. states warned U.S. climate envoy John Kerry in a letter that they could withdraw assets from any banks that reduce loans to fossil fuel companies, following reports that the Biden administration has pressured financial institutions over such loans.

Riley Moore, state treasurer of coal and natural gas producing West Virginia, said the Biden administration's efforts would, if enacted, cripple fossil fuel companies and threaten jobs of thousands of workers in his state ... (Read More)

Town Hall Meeting Set for Tuesday Evening in Moundsville To Discuss Future of the Mitchell Power Plant

MOUNDSVILLE, W.VA. Concerned citizens and stakeholders in the coal economy of Marshall County and the state will hold a town hall meeting from 6-8pm this Tuesday – May 25 – at the Moundsville Volunteer Fire Department, located at 1228 1st Street, to discuss the future, and highlight the importance, of the Mitchell Power Plant. 

Media are encouraged to attend. 

Hosted by Marshall County House of Delegates member Charlie Reynolds, the event will discuss American Electric Power’s effort to close the plant twelve years prematurely. The West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) is reviewing the case and will issue a determination on the fate of the plant in June. A public comment period is open through June 2 to hear citizen concerns.  To file a comment, click here