Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Faces of Coal Rally This Saturday
The coal industry is responding to the Obama administration’s enforcement of environmental regulations as a war on coal. Administration officials deny the claim but the industry says the impact of new air quality regulations and the surface mine permitting process has halted most activity. Because coal is a huge part of Virginia’s economy executive director of Virginia FACES of Coal Petrina Jones sees the need for a rally to give coal supporters a chance to get together. Some do see the need to defend the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt to keep the air safe to breathe and the water safe to drink. They are critical of the rally saying the effort should be to diversify the economy and to bring new non-coal jobs to southwestern Virginia. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell says he will participate in the pro-coal rally at the Washington County Fairgrounds on Saturday along with Ralph Stanley the second and the Halfway to Hazard band who will headline the musical entertainment. The Cedar Bluff based Eastern Coal Council sponsoring the event in conjunction with FACES of Coal which is another coal industry organization. (bg)

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