Companies in the News

International Resource Partners LP (“IRP”) today announced that it has acquired substantially all of the coal reserves and certain operating assets of Miller Bros. Coal, LLC, the operating subsidiary of Clearwater Natural Resources, LP of Prestonsburg, KY.
Miller Bros. Coal produces steam coal in Floyd, Knott, Breathitt, Johnson and Martin Counties in Eastern Kentucky and controls over 35 million tons of reserves with the ability to produce up to 3 million tons of coal annually from its 5 mining complexes.
With the acquisition of Miller Bros. Coal, IRP controls over 80 million tons of steam and metallurgical coal and has the ability to produce over 5 million tons annually from its surface and underground mines in West Virginia and Kentucky. In addition, IRP’s coal sales and marketing company, Logan & Kanawha, has increased its access to the CSX and Norfolk Southern rail lines and the Big Sandy River.

Tug Valley Mining Institute

The TVMI will not have a meeting in January or February, their next meeting will be held March 18 with Guest Speaker, Jim McCaffrey.  Location and time are yet to be determined but will be posted in this publication when they become available.

Want to see what mountaintop mining really looks like?

The practice of mountaintop mining was the subject of a recent episode of Decisionmakers, a news feature of the West Virginia Media Network with host Bray Carey.

If you want to see what mountaintop mining really looks like --- what it really means for southern West Virginia -- take a look at this video.

Coal Seam

 The June edition of "The Coal Seam" television show is now running on the West Virginia Library Commission Network as well as public access channels around the state. This edition features a discussion of the economic and social impact of mountaintop mining. Guests include Art Kirkendoll, president of the Logan County Commission, and Roger Horton, president of Citizens for Coal.  They joined host Chris Hamilton for a free-ranging discussion of the role mountaintop mining plays in the economy of the southern coalfield counties.  This is the fourth episode of the “Coal Seam”, with each one playing for a month, following its original production.  The Library Commission’s Network is available on the public access channels throughout West Virginia.  Each of the four editions are available on the Association’s webpage at  Next month’s edition will continue the discussion of mountain top mining and will feature a discussion of Coalfield Development Bill, passed during the recent special session of the West Virginia Legislature.

Energy Regulations Hurt Job Creation


My Colorado colleague, Republican Rep. Cory Gardner, recently asked the Environmental Protection Agency’s assistant administrator, Mathy Stanislaus, whether the agency’s economic analysis had considered the effect of proposed regulations on jobs. “Not directly,” Stanislaus answered.

Unfortunately, this is not the only example — nor is the EPA the only government agency — to have failed to adequately consider the effect of their proposals on small businesses and jobs.

We held a hearing recently in Grand Junction, Colo., to examine this issue: burdensome federal energy regulations and their detrimental effect on small businesses, jobs and consumer prices.

President Barack Obama has been doing a lot of talking about how vital small businesses are to job creation and the economy.

He’s right.

Yet more than 43 major regulations were proposed last year, and an additional 219 are in the pipeline — each estimated to cost more than $100 million.

In addition, the administration this year proposed seven new regulations that would likely each cost the U.S. economy more than $1 billion annually, if implemented. Four were put forward by the EPA.
A recent study showed that regulation burdens to the American people cost about $1.75 trillion annually — including $281 billion for environmental regulations that disproportionately hit small businesses. On average, government regulations cost small businesses nearly $10,585 per employee.