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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey along with Legislative and industry leaders explain the importance of the Supreme Court's decision to place a hold on implementation of the Obama Administration so-called Clean Power Plan until after the court can rule on the broader issues surrounding the case. A decision that may not come until after the November general election.

West Virginia 1st District Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E., will hold a Town Hall Meeting on “West Virginia’s Economy: Coal, Natural Gas and What’s Next” this Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.) in Fairmont.  Specifically, it will be convened at the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center – Exhibition Hall; 1000 Galliher Drive; Fairmont, WV 26554.  To RSVP or for more information contact Libby Reasbeck, Field Representative at (304) 232-3801.

The Association acknowledges and thanks the sponsors and the more than 200 who attended the recent Environmental Workshop in Charleston.  The wide range of topics included updates on current water quality standards, endangered species’ policies and regulations, a critical overview of the Clean Power Plan and OSM’s Stream Protection Rule as well as a discussion of the current political and legislative situation in West Virginia.  Environmental & Technical Committee Chairman John McDaniel and our own Jason Bostic, who also made presentations, said the Workshop would not have been possible without the able and professional assistance of our talented and informed presenters, which included Barry Thacker, P.E. Geo/Environmental Associates, Inc.; Jennie Henthorn, Henthorn Environmental Services; Allyn Turner, Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC; Varun Shekhar and Christopher “Kip” Power of Babst Calland; Robert McLusky, Jackson Kelly PLLC; and Mike Castle, Strategic Solutions.

On October 26, 2015 the Association filed extensive comments on the federal Office of Surface Mining's proposed "Stream Protection Rule".  Published for comment in July 2015, the SPR is a fundamental re-write of the federal surface mining regulations covering everything from issues related to mining-related fill construction to potential subsidence from underground mining operations. 

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection also filed comments on the proposed rule.  94,328 comments were received by OSM on the proposal.  For a copy of the Association's comments on the proposed rule contact jbostic@wvcoal.com


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