Last updated: July 29. 2014 3:09AM - 427 Views
Karissa Blackburn kblackburn@civitasmedia.com

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Area coal miners and supporters are encouraged to attend an affordable electricity and energy jobs rally Wed., July 30, at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh.

Hundreds of West Virginia coal miners and coal supporters, as well as Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, are expected to join Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, labor leaders and many others to participate in the rally.

Busses are transporting interested participants from the Logan and Danville areas to and from the event. They will be departing Fountain Place Mall at 4:30 am and Lick Creek Park in Danville at 5:10 a.m. to head to Pittsburgh. Both shuttles are full, but others interested in attending are encouraged to carpool to Highmark Stadium for the event.

Busses from Morgantown and Beckley will also be transporting people to participate.

The purpose of the event is to make the public aware of the importance of coal and coal miners to America’s energy mix and how damaging the EPA rules on new and existing source power plants are to this industry and the state’s that produce and use coal.

The rally is set to make a point one day before the EPA begins hosting public hearings on its recently proposed existing source greenhouse gas rules in Pittsburgh on July 31 and August 1.

Consultant Bryon Brown says the rally is “an effort to discuss why the industry thinks the EPA’s proposed rulings are misguided and a chance to show solidarity.”

This event is organized by the West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio coal associations and is coordinated by the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 154. This event will highlight the importance of coal powered electricity and jobs. The rally is a non-partisan event and will include key leaders from business and labor, as well as citizens concerned about the effects of these draconian regulations.

For those interested in being heard but cannot take time off of work to attend, submit your comments to the EPA today using the Friends of Coal sound off tool: friendsofcoal.org/soundoff

(Karissa Blackburn is a reporter for the Logan Banner. She can be reached at 304-784-7329 or on Twitter at @kblackb2)

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