McDonnell proclaims Coal Awareness Day - WVVA TV Bluefield Beckley WV News, Weather and Sports

McDonnell proclaims Coal Awareness Day

Posted:
On hand for the presentation, from left: Marsha Presley, ECC Education Coordinator; Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling; ECC Chairman Jack Richardson; Gov. Bob McDonnell; ECC Executive Director Barbara Altizer; and Ken Nemeth, Southern States Energy Board. On hand for the presentation, from left: Marsha Presley, ECC Education Coordinator; Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling; ECC Chairman Jack Richardson; Gov. Bob McDonnell; ECC Executive Director Barbara Altizer; and Ken Nemeth, Southern States Energy Board.
  • More Local NewsMore Local NewsMore>>

  • Severe Weather Threatens the Two Virginias

    Severe Weather Threatens the Two Virginias

    (WVVA)- A low pressure system will be passing us to our north on Sunday, bringing with it the potential for dangerous weather.This weather scenario is very complex, and it looks like we could be...More >>
    (WVVA)- A low pressure system will be passing us to our north on Sunday, bringing with it the potential for dangerous weather.This weather scenario is very complex, and it looks like we could be...More >>
  • Picnic with the Saints sold out

    Picnic with the Saints sold out

    White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. (WVVA) -A special picnic in White Sulphur Springs with the NFL team New Orleans Saints has sold out. The event is scheduled for tomorrow at the Greenbrier Resort. More >>
    White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. (WVVA) -A special picnic in White Sulphur Springs with the NFL team New Orleans Saints has sold out. The event is scheduled for tomorrow at the Greenbrier Resort. More >>

RICHMOND (NEWS RELEASE) - A proclamation declaring February 1 "Coal Awareness Day" in Virginia was presented to the Eastern Coal Council last week during a legislative breakfast in Richmond, Va., by Gov. Bob McDonnell.

McDonnell addressed breakfast attendees, emphasizing the importance of coal to Virginia's economy and concluded his remarks by presenting a signed copy of the proclamation to ECC Chairman Jack Richardson and ECC Executive Director Barbara Altizer.

"We are pleased that the governor again called attention to the value of the coal industry to the Commonwealth of Virginia by the issuance of this proclamation," Altizer said. "He has continually recognized the value of coal in his ‘All of the Above' energy strategy and we are pleased he was able to join us for our annual Richmond breakfast."

Also speaking at the breakfast function, which was attended by a number of legislators, cabinet members and representatives of the coal industry, were Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Del. Joseph Yost. Yost has introduced a bill in the current legislative session to designate April 13 as "Coal Miner Appreciation Day."

The proclamation signed by the governor and presented to ECC notes that coal mined in Virginia and 23 other states is responsible for the generation of 45 percent of the electrical energy consumed in the United States and further that Virginia remains a viable producer of high quality, low-sulfur steam coal, metallurgical coal and coke.

In 2011, the proclamation notes, Virginia coal mining directly employed 4,970 people; and coal production was valued at more than $3.04 billion.

"Coal mining generates about $2.9 billion in economic activity in southwest Virginia and $3.7 billion in the Commonwealth as a whole, and it is important to recognize that coal mining is the economic engine of communities throughout the southwestern part of Virginia and is a significant contributor to the economy and affordable energy for all of Virginia," the proclamation reads.

It also notes the mining industry contributes heavily to area economic development and diversification both through coal mined and through direct land development; and that mining area communities enjoy the economic growth that result from new commercial, industrial, agricultural, public, residential and recreational facilities on land made available for development through coal mining.

Revenues contributed by mining companies throughout the Commonwealth to coal producing counties in Fiscal Year 2011 provided almost $43.6 million in tax revenues to those counties. Those revenues in turn were then used for basic services and to maintain infrastructure and services to the citizenry in those communities. Funds were also used to support the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority.

The proclamation concludes by noting federal and Virginia authorities have repeatedly found the coal mining industry to be in compliance with both Virginia and federal standards and calls the designation of February 1 as "Coal Awareness Day" to the attention of all citizens in the Commonwealth.

 

  • NEWSMore>>

  • UPDATE: All lanes of I-77 reopened at tunnel, day after fire

    UPDATE: All lanes of I-77 reopened at tunnel, day after fire

    UPDATE: Both northbound lanes of I-77 at the East River Mountain Tunnel are now open to traffic, a little more than 24 hours after a truck fire shut the entire tunnel down.
    More >>
    UPDATE: Both northbound lanes of I-77 at the East River Mountain Tunnel are now open to traffic, a little more than 24 hours after a truck fire shut the entire tunnel down.

    More >>
  • Couple stops robbery suspect in his tracks

    Couple stops robbery suspect in his tracks

    Beckley, W Va (WVVA) - A husband and wife are able to stop a robbery suspect in his tracks...More >>
    Beckley, W Va (WVVA) - A husband and wife are able to stop a robbery suspect in his tracks...More >>
  • Police search for robbery suspect

    Police search for robbery suspect

    Fairlea (WVVA) – Police are on the lookout for a man suspected of robbing a video lottery parlor.The robbery happened Sunday night at Abbies around 11:30 p.m. in Fairlea.Police say a man walked in the front door and told the employee he had a weapon. An unknown amount of cash was removed from the register and safe and the suspect left out of the back door.The suspect is described as a white man, about five-feet-six inches tall, with a medium build. He was wearing a green hooded jacket, khaki ...More >>
    Fairlea (WVVA) – Police are on the lookout for a man suspected of robbing a video lottery parlor.The robbery happened Sunday night at Abbies around 11:30 p.m. in Fairlea.Police say a man walked in the front door and told the employee he had a weapon. An unknown amount of cash was removed from the register and safe and the suspect left out of the back door.The suspect is described as a white man, about five-feet-six inches tall, with a medium build. He was wearing a green hooded jacket, khaki ...More >>
  • Burglary suspect enters plea

    Burglary suspect enters plea

    Raleigh County (WVVA) –A man charged with burglarizing a home pleads guilty in court. Jason Pittman faces up to 15 years in prison.More >>
    Raleigh County (WVVA) –A man charged with burglarizing a home pleads guilty in court. Jason Pittman faces up to 15 years in prison.More >>
  • Water company to give educational plant tours

    Water company to give educational plant tours

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A water company whose Charleston treatment plant was contaminated by a coal-cleaning agent in January is holding a public tour next week.West Virginia American Water Co. will conduct the free "WaterFest" event Aug. 9.Spokeswoman Laura Jordan tells the Charleston Daily Mail it's the first time the company will hold such an event in Charleston.It will include plant tours, educational demonstrations and recreational activities for children. The event is designed to info...More >>
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A water company whose Charleston treatment plant was contaminated by a coal-cleaning agent in January is holding a public tour next week.West Virginia American Water Co. will conduct the free "WaterFest" event Aug. 9.Spokeswoman Laura Jordan tells the Charleston Daily Mail it's the first time the company will hold such an event in Charleston.It will include plant tours, educational demonstrations and recreational activities for children. The event is designed to info...More >>
  • Former Va. governor's corruption trial begins

    Former Va. governor's corruption trial begins

    Jury selection is on the agenda for opening day in the corruption trial of a former Virginia governor and his wife in Richmond.More >>
    Jury selection is on the agenda for opening day in the corruption trial of a former Virginia governor and his wife in Richmond.More >>
  • First responders tell us what it was like inside tunnel fire

    First responders tell us what it was like inside tunnel fire

    (WVVA) -Two firefighters, injured battling a vehicle fire inside the East River Mountain Tunnel, have been released from the hospital. According the Chief Dave Thompson with the Green Valley-Glenwood VFD, the two men were released last night after being treated for smoke inhalation at BRMC...More >>
    (WVVA) -Two firefighters, injured battling a vehicle fire inside the East River Mountain Tunnel, have been released from the hospital. According the Chief Dave Thompson with the Green Valley-Glenwood VFD, the two men were released last night after being treated for smoke inhalation at BRMC...More >>
  • Two charged with taking emergency vehicle during tunnel fire

    Two charged with taking emergency vehicle during tunnel fire

     BLUEFIELD (WVVA)- A pair of  Maryland residents are charged with hindering government process after they allegedly stole an emergency services vehicle on Friday, during the fire at East River Mountain Tunnel...More >>
     BLUEFIELD (WVVA)- A pair of  Maryland residents are charged with hindering government process after they allegedly stole an emergency services vehicle on Friday, during the fire at East River Mountain Tunnel...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WVVA.
All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Audrey Sluss at (304) 324-0659. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.