Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E., (WV-1) was named chairman at the inaugural meeting of the Congressional Coal Caucus for the 114th Congress. As the incoming chairman of the bipartisan group, Rep. McKinley will ensure Congress is aware of the impact federal regulations are having on coal miners, their families, and their communities. 

“The American families who rely on coal for affordable, reliable energy and good-paying jobs deserve to have their voice heard in Washington. The bipartisan Congressional Coal Caucus will be that voice. We will re-energize the debate about our energy future and stand up for those families devastated by President Obama’s War on Coal,” said McKinley.

The West Virginia Coal Forum – an organization representing both labor and management in the coal industry – in conjunction with the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce, will host a forum to highlight the challenges and opportunities facing the coal industry from 9 a.m. to noon July 23rd at the Quality Hotel & Conference Center in Bluefield. 

Media are encouraged to attend and there is no cost to attend the event. 

The previously published rules, PPL P15-IV-01 “Examination of Working Places 30 C.F.R. §§56/57.18002”, have been withdrawn with a republished and availability at a later date.  This short notice was received by WVCA on July 15 with no further explanation.

Coal production in the U.S. rose sharply for the week ending July 11. Meanwhile the decline from last year continues to expand according to the latest report from the Energy Information Agency (EIA) for the week.

Production in the United States jumped by 2.3 million tons (16%) to finish the week at 16.40 million tons compared to last week’s total of 14.12 million tons. Meanwhile production for the week is off by 1.9 million tons (11%) from the 18.26 million tons for the same week in 2014. Cumulative production for the year-to-date remains down as of July 11, coming in at 475.40 million tons compared to 518.30 million tons last year – a decline of 434.85 million tons or 8.4%. Production for the previous 52 weeks also trended lower – finishing at 951.53 million tons compared to 985.08 million tons for the same period ending in 2014 (-3.2%).

Constructed on the site of a reclaimed surface mine and a wonderful example of post-mining land use, the West Virginia Clays, Inc. is having its 3rd Annual Clays for Coal Outing on August 13, 2015 beginning at 10 a.m.  West Virginia Clays, Inc is located on County Route 1, Ashford Nellis Road.  Please RSVP or for more information contact Libby Cottrell at:  libby.cottrell@energytransfer.com

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