Martha SparksSociety Editor
October 3, 2012
Friends and Families for Coal will host a Pro Coal Rally on Thursday, October 4, at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater in Logan High School.
“We are a grass root organization composed of supporters of the working men and women of West Virginia,” said Billie Erlewine Epperhart, event organizer. “Our focus is on promoting community involvement because of the thousands of miners losing their jobs and the families affected.
Topics of discussion will be environmental adversaries; regulatory overview; economical development; regulatory litigations’ rippling effect and economical impacts.
“Every time a mine shuts down it effects the entire community, and the politicians of this state and country need to know that we are real people, real families, and that the shut downs have real consequences for local retailers, county government, and especially schools.”
Friends and Families for coal have hosted two rallies recently; one in Boone County and one in Putnam County.
“Our hope is to hold one in all 55 counties,” said Epperhart.
Epperhart noted that Logan County is the second largest coal producing county in West Virginia, producing 150,157,981 tons from 2001-2011.
“Help us help you. We believe there is real strength in numbers. We believe you can make a difference,” said Epperhart. “We believe in the hard working people of this great state. Join us at the Pro Coal Rally and learn what we — the citizens in our communities — can do to help fight the War on Coal.”
The rally is not funded by any political faction, and all November candidates are welcome to attend. There will be time set aside for a question and answer session.