>reblog: Friends of Coal Meeting in Mingo Co, WV


> TONIGHT!, December 17th at 6:00 p.m. at the Larry Joe Harless Community Center!!  Please see the attached information sheet!

Regarding the WV Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Air Quality’s preliminary determination to issue permit #R13-2791 to TransGas Development, LLC, to construct a coal-to-gasoline facility near Wharncliffe, in Mingo County, the purpose of this email is to inform you that a public meeting, arranged by the Division of Air Quality, will take place tonight, December 17th, at 6:00 p.m. at the Larry Joe Harless Community Center in Gilbert, and I strongly encourage and request your attendance.

The purpose of the public meeting is to provide information on the proposed project and to accept comments on issues related to the draft permit and the agency’s preliminary determination.

It is critically important that we have a very large number of supporters at this meeting so that our voices are louder than those who are opposing the project.  Our goal is 1,000 people!!  So tell everyone that you know that we need their support at this meeting Thursday evening.  Many of you have submitted support letters for this phase of the project, and we appreciate your help.  But please know that this is the most critical phase of the project, to date.  We must be able to demonstrate the community’s and the region’s support of this project and the positive economic impact that it will have for our own county and for all of southern West Virginia.

I look forward to seeing each of you, your colleagues, your friends, your family and your neighbors tonight, December 17th at 6:00 p.m. at the Larry Joe Harless Community Center!!  And as always, thank you for supporting our efforts to create a better Mingo County for our children and our grandchildren.

Mike Whitt
Mingo County Redevelopment Authority
Phone: (304) 235-0042

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>Blog Action Day 2009: Climate Change



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This entire week has been stressful for my wife’s family. Her father (like so many in PA, WV, KY, and VA) works for ICG, (a coal mining company) and like so many other coal companies they are beginning to feel the pinch of the Green Movement. As for me, I stand firmly divided. If the new policies that the EPA wishes to be put in place are completed; then, an estimated 80,000 miners will lose their job within a year. At the same time thousands of acres of beautiful surface mining will be kept untouched. 65% of Aericans will end up with out domestic energy in their homes; while, China and India continue to overproduce and pollute the global markets with dirty sulfur rich coal.The international talks on nuclear disarmament continue; while, despots and rogue regimes continue to profit from global speculation in the energy commodities market.

I do not wish to leave this world worse than I found it but somebody has to demand that both sides see this issue. Party affiliations aside, I find it to be dirty Chicago style politics in which a Candidate promises the unions one thing and an opposing political interest group another. In this case the Obama administration should be called out by the Mining unions and demand he live up to their needs and not the PAC monies being funneled into the Democratic party by Green Movement groups headed by Al Gore and his new found friends. In addition, the GOP can no longer sit idlly by and watch big business go unchecked over the natural landscapes of American’s backyards.This is about the current generation not leaving the next generation environmentally and economically bankrupt. A solution of best and mutual interest would be derived from profit sharing amongst the energy companies that can develop both cleaner technology in addition to retention and job growth. This is a win-win situation if everyone would just get involved. So stop complaining and start doing something, NOW!

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