Long, proven history of standing up for West Virginia’s miners, the coal industry, their families and their communities secures endorsement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Coal Association officially has endorsed Delegate Rupie Phillips for Congress in the 3rd Congressional District of West Virginia.

“Delegate Rupie Phillips recognizes the important role West Virginia’s coal industry plays in keeping the state’s economy strong, and he has proven time and time again that he is willing to fight not only for the industry, but for West Virginia miners and their families,” said Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association. 

“During his time at the Legislature, Rupie has been an advocate for the importance of coal to West Virginia and the nation, working tirelessly against the Obama Administration’s crippling war on coal and the disastrous impacts it had on our families and communities,” Raney said. “He led the Legislature’s efforts to oppose the anti-coal bureaucrats in Obama’s regulatory regime.  We believe he deserves the same opportunity in Washington as a member of Congress to assist President Trump in making America and West Virginia great again.”

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. Shining a bright light on the incredible environmental stewardship in the coal industry, state regulators recognized a host of West Virginia mining operations for their reclamation and environmental stewardship during the 2018 West Virginia Mining Symposium.

The reclamation awards were announced Jan. 31 at the Charleston Civic Center, where the West Virginia Coal Association held its 45th annual symposium. Inspectors with the state Department of Environmental Protection selected the winners, and DEP Secretary Austin Caperton handed out the awards.

“Today’s awards are proof that those in the coal industry are the best, most dedicated environmentalist out there,” said Jason Bostic, vice president of the West Virginia Coal Association. “We appreciate DEP’s recognition of the incredible work our members are doing to reclaim mine sites and protect the natural beauty of West Virginia. They prove that we can mine coal that powers America and provides feedstock for steel mills.”

The top award – the Greenlands Award, went to Southeastern Land LLC for its work at the Twin Branch Surface Mine. Reclamation involved the redesign of the mining operation dramatically to lower its potential impacts to jurisdictional waters. The company worked with officials in Mingo and Logan counties, allowing excess overburden to be stored on an adjacent area while mining was in progress to help avoid stream disturbance. Additionally, the company and county officials changed the post-mining land use for the permit to include forest land and development of the Twin Branch Motorsports Complex, which includes a drag strip designed with the assistance of the International Hot Rod Association.

Other reclamation award winners are:

CHARLESTON, W.Va. The West Virginia Coal Association convened its 45th annual West Virginia Mining Symposium Jan. 30 and celebrated the safety achievements of mining industry operations across the state.

“It is an honor for us to present these awards and recognize companies that are leading the way in keeping miners and other workers safe,” said Coal Association Senior Vice President Chris Hamilton. “Our industry will not stop striving for perfection in safety. The goal always has been and always will be zero incidents.”

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.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Coal Association is holding the 45th annual West Virginia Mining Symposium this week at the Charleston Civic Center. 

The two-day event begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Speakers scheduled for the day include Gov. Jim Justice, Deck Slone of Arch Coal, U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and West Virginia native David Zatezalo, assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor for the Miners Safety and Health Administration, along with West Virginia House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, and Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson.

Wednesday speakers will include U.S. Reps. David McKinley and Evan Jenkins, both R-W.Va., and Doug Matheney, special advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy in the Office of Fossil Energy, plus West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Austin Caperton.

The symposium also will feature regulatory, legal and technical experts who will speak over the course of two days on a variety of environmental, operational and health/safety topics. The Symposium will include presentations of awards to companies that have distinguished themselves in coal mine safety and environmental stewardship.

Symposium Details:

When: 9 a.m. Jan. 30-31, 2018
Where: Charleston Civic Center
Contact: Bill Raney, President                                                                         
Chris Hamilton, Senior Vice President
Jason Bostic, Vice President
(304) 342-4153

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