State Leaders to Discuss Importance of Coal Exports at Aug. 15 Coal Forum in Wheeling

CHARLESTON — According to information released by the West Virginia Division of Commerce in February, West Virginia coal exports grew by 40 percent last year, increasing from $5.3 billion in 2011 to $7.4 billion in 2012.  West Virginia coal accounted for 49 percent of U.S. coal exports in 2012.

The West Virginia Coal Forum – an organization representing both labor and management in the coal industry – and co-host West Liberty University will conduct a meeting to discuss the significance of coal exports to our state and national economies from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 15 at West Liberty University’s Highland Energy Center, located in Triadelphia, West Virginia (near the Cabela’s retail store).

A variety of state experts and policy leaders will speak at the event, to include:

  • Senator Jeff Kessler, President of the WV Senate
  • Robin Capehart, President, West Liberty University
  • Jeff Herholdt, Director, WV Division of Energy
  • Michael Zervos, CEO, United Coal
  • Bill Raney, President, WV Coal Association
  • Chris Hamilton, Vice-President, WV Coal Association & Co-Chair, WV Coal Forum
  • Fred Tucker, UMWA (retired), Co-Chair, WV Coal Forum

Seating is limited and reservations are required.  To make a reservation please email Joel L. Watts at There is no cost to attend the event.

Stakeholders in West Virginia’s mining economy – industry leaders, mining personnel, association representatives, local legislators and policy leaders – are encouraged to attend.

For additional information, contact the West Virginia Coal Forum at (304) 957-2306, or visit the organization’s website at


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