MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — In
"It’s a very difficult time right now [with] the uncertainty that's created by the administration in
Event organizers say although there are no coal mines in the Eastern Panhandle area, the event was held in Martinsburg because the
"We do consume electricity that's actually produced by coal and also we benefit from the revenues from the rest of the state,” said West Virginia Senator John Unger, (D)-16th. “All 55 counties in
"Coal exports are way up. So I think...Are we going to disadvantage us economically at the expense of an environmental agenda that is unreachable?" said Rep. Shelley Moore Capito.
But many people in
"We’ve lost a lot of jobs, we've closed a lot of...several coal-fired electrical generation plants, which will then cause our power rates to go up,” said Capito.
Speakers at the forum also stressed that they are willing to work with environmental regulators as long as their policies do not overpower the success of their coal industry.