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WVCA Summer Environmental Conference

The Association’s summer environmental conference has been scheduled for July 24, 2019 at the Conference Center & Inn at Flatwoods, W.Va.  Association staff will be joined by representatives of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the federal Office of Surface Mining and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife to update the membership on relevant environmental regulatory and topics. 

A more precise agenda will be provided in advance of the meeting. 

Attendance at the meeting is free for WVCA members. 

Coal industry responds to Bloomberg push to end coal


Jun. 07, 2019 - 7:20 - West Virginia Coal Association VP Chris Hamilton expresses his disappointment at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for going after coal miners.

2019 Annual Conference

While we’re in the process of finalizing the specifics for this year’s Annual Meeting Program I want to encourage you to make your hotel reservations at The Greenbrier for August 1-3, 2019. You can reach The Greenbrier Hotel at 304-536-1110 and please mention you are with WVCA. The two and one-half days will follow the same general format with the usual array of national and state speakers bringing us up-to-date on a variety of timely topics pertinent to our markets and operations.

After you’ve made your reservations, we’d appreciate you returning the attached “2019 WVCA Registration Form” to Sandi Davison (sdavison@wvcoal.com) so we can make sure the plans for each of the great events are accurate. Part of the Association Registration Form is a sponsorship form (also to be returned to Sandi) for the Welcoming Reception and/or door prizes, awards or other event sponsorships (fun run, golf, non-golfer event, kids’ corner on Kate’s Mountain, and any other ideas you might have) you and your company might want to do this year.

Here’s a reminder for those of you who are familiar with the general schedule for the traditional Annual Meeting and a short summary for those who will be first-timers. Of course, we’ll open the gathering with the Executive Committee and Board of Directors’ meetings on Thursday afternoon, August 1st, followed by the popular Welcoming Reception (6:00 pm) that evening sponsored by our Associate members. Dinner is on your own this evening so you should make reservations for your favorite venue.

The next morning, Friday, August 2nd, immediately following the Fun Run/Walk, (6:30 am) our technical program will begin right after the 7:30 a.m. breakfast. After the technical program, golfers will be ready for their annual tournament (11:30 am), while the non-golfers’ program will be held along with the tennis tournament and, of course, personal, family time at the pools, shooting range, fishing, bowling or just hanging out in the Hotel during the afternoon. That evening, beginning at 7:00 p.m., will be the ever-favorite Friends of Coal Party on Kate’s Mountain with our longtime DJ, Mayonnaise, and a wonderful evening of camaraderie and family time of tremendous eating, visiting and dancing, with a special Kids Corner for the children, during the cocktail hour.

We’ll get another early start on Saturday morning with the 8:00 a.m. technical program immediately followed by our Chairman’s Brunch (11:00 am) featuring a large array of door prizes, the Friends of Coal Ladies’ Auxiliary and a friendly insight by Governor Jim and First Lady Cathy Justice about their first two and one-half years as the state’s First Couple. As usual, we will then be entertained by a nationally-renowned speaker. Over the next few weeks we will provide the specific speakers for our technical programs and the Chairman’s Brunch.

We’re looking forward to another great event for all of us and our families as we gather with a lot of our great friends at one of our favorite places. If you have questions or need more information, please let us know by contacting Sandi at her home in Greenbrier County (304) 392-5502 or cell (304) 419-0286. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you at the Greenbrier in less than six weeks.

Support House Bills 3142 and 3144!

House Bills 3142 and 3144 are critical to rebuilding West Virginia’s coal industry and protecting our mining jobs.  The first bill lowers the coal severance tax on steam coal so we can compete against coal from other states that have no severance tax in what remains in the coal-fired electricity market,  The second offers a tax rebate on any new investment in West Virginia that expands coal production and employment.   Importantly, neither bill would impact the share of coal severance taxes that is provided to county and local governments. 

We need both of these bills to secure our future- to make sure our miners keep working and that West Virginia provides that energy that the nation and the world so desperately needs.  We need these bills to sustain the industry’s recovery after the devastating War on Coal.

Please email WV Delegates to have them support these critical pieces of legislation!

Mining Symposium Recognizes Companies for Excellence in Safety and Reclamation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. The West Virginia Coal Association convened its 46th annual West Virginia Mining Symposium this week and celebrated the safety and reclamation achievements of mining industry operations across the state.

“West Virginia’s coal industry continues to show its resilience and commitment to excellence across the board,” WVCA President Bill Raney said. “It’s always a proud day for us when we can recognize those who excel in safety and reclamation, showing that the best and brightest in the industry are right here in West Virginia.”

The Symposium took place Jan. 29-30 at the newly renovated Charleston Coliseum and Conference Center in Charleston, W.Va.


“Safety always has been and continues to be our top priority in the coal industry,” said Coal Association Senior Vice President Chris Hamilton. “It’s always a proud day for us when we recognize those who excel in safety and demonstrate the highest levels of dedication to protecting our coal miners.”

Inspectors with the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training evaluate all coal operations and contractors to select the winners. Deputy Director Eugene White presented the awards.

The Mountaineer Guardian Safety Awards presented during the Symposium’s Tuesday luncheon are: