Congressional Activities

The 81-member Congressional Coal Caucus, co-led by West Virginia’s own Shelley Moore Capito, held its first roundtable discussion on May 25th in the Longworth House Office Building in DC.  Congresswoman Capito was joined by other co-chairs Jason Altmire (D-Pa.), Tim Holden (D-Pa.) and  Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.).
The vote on Senator Murkowski’s resolution to stop EPA from issuing regulations to control green-house gases has been scheduled for June 10th in the United States Senate.  Please contact Senators Byrd and Rockefeller and ask they support the resolution.

Pan to Re-enter UBB Next Week

Massey Energy announced Thursday that the company, MSHA and the West Virginia Office of Miners Health Safety and Training are planning to reenter the Upper Big Branch Mine on June 2nd.  The initial re-entry will be a sixteen-member group that will focus on monitoring the quantity and quality of the air in various locations underground.   The results of this monitoring will dictate when additional entries into the mine can begin.

Friends of Coal Auto Fair

The 7th Annual Friends of Coal Auto Fair is set for July 16 – 18 at the YMCA Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex in Beckley, WV.  Friday, July 16 will begin the Fair with the Cruise-In to uptown Beckley for the Renaissance Car Show and live entertainment by former American Idol contestant and Beckley native, Robbie Carrico.  Saturday will have the Live in Concert by The Charlie Daniels Band and Taylor Made, with special appearances by The Gold Knights Army Parachute Team and FOC spokesmen Coach Nehlen, Coach Pruett and BassMaster Jeremy Starks.  Tickets ($15.00 advance & $20.00 day of show) for the Concert will go on sale May 1st at select WV & VA Marquee Cinemas and the Beckley-Raleigh County YMCA.

WV Coal Festival

The 17th Annual West Virginia Coal Festival begins in Madison, WV on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 6 p.m. and will end at approximately 11 p.m. on June 19th.  Patriot Coal Corp will be sponsoring the Mining Equipment Display which will be available during these times.

An Open Letter to President Barack Obama

May 25, 2010

Mr Barack Obama

President of the United States of America

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington DC20500


Dear Mr. President Obama,


The United State of America is a truly wonderful country that we are so blessed to call home. These United States are intended to be exactly that…United. United and equal, treated the same in regards to the law. Not red states or blue states, not states to reward or to shun. Your job as President is to lead this great country in a united front towards progress. Instead, you’re presidency rewards those who supported your campaign and ideas, and punishes those who voted for the other candidate.


No, West Virginia citizens did not vote for you in 2008. In neither the primary or general elections. Why? I believe it is pretty obvious. Your attack on coal, and yes, I said YOUR attack on coal.