W.Va. Democrats unload on Obama EPA over new layoffs in coal industry
Energy giant Consol announced Tuesday that it will idle its surface mining operations in Mingo County after failing to secure necessary Clean Water Act permits from the EPA.
Democrats in the state, already angry with the administration’s “war on coal,” unloaded on the EPA on Tuesday afternoon.
“I am incensed and infuriated that the EPA would intentionally delay the needed permit for a public-private project that would bring so many good jobs and valuable infrastructure to communities that so desperately need them,” West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said in a statement.
“Once again, the EPA has stepped in the way of a great project here in West Virginia,” Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, a Democrat, said Tuesday in a joint statement with fellow Democrats Mr. Manchin, Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Rep. Nick Rahall. “The EPA cannot seem to understand the big picture and the true scope of its authority.”
Consol’s layoffs come on the heels of similar moves across Appalachia, and growing anger in that region toward the “war on coal,” a term appearing on lawn signs, billboards, bumper stickers and T-shirts throughout the region.
Last month, Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources announced it would cut 1,200 jobs and shut down eight mines in West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Over the summer, Arch Coal, one of the nation’s largest producers, announced plans to shutter several operations and lay off more than 700 miners.
Obama’s EPA admits regulations will kill coal industry
As Obama promised in 2008 he is killing the coal industry even though coal provides 50% of our nation’s electricity and does so at the lowest cost of any other energy source. That should help kill thousands of jobs and drive up the cost of everything that uses energy.