Walker Joins STAND UP FOR AMERICAN JOBS Rally
Oct. 29, 2013
Belle, WV – The assault on the coal industry continues, and with last month’s E.P.A. announcement that literally stops the construction of any new coal-fired power plants, a statement must be made. To show the solidarity of our people and the intense concern for their jobs, their families and their way of life, a statement was made Tuesday, October 29 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., with a “Stand Up for American Energy Jobs” Rally.
Walker Machinery rented a bus to take Logan Coal Vendors, customers and other Friends of Coal to have their voices heard.
“This administration’s decisions have negatively impacted the livelihoods of the many Appalachians who work directly and indirectly in the coal industry,” said Walker Executive Vice President Tim McLean. “We all stand to lose if we cannot change the path of the E.P.A.”
From left: Melissa Deskins of Southern WV Community and Technical College’s Finance Department, Walker’s Logan Office Operations Supervisor Judy Gore, HR Representative at Arch Coal and president of Coal Education Development and Resource (CEDAR) Georgene Robertson, Administrative Assistant at Arch Coal and CEDAR Coal Fair Manager Debbie Mudd, and Coal-Mac’s payroll Administrator Renee Duty
We have not told our story
April 11, 2012
From left: Monty L. Boyd, CEO of Walker Machinery Co.; Walker Machinery Executive V.P Tim McLean; and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, (D-W.Va.)
BELLE - A roundtable discussion took place at Walker Machinery Co., April 11, between various businesses, organizations and politicians. The intent was to raise concern and incite a commitment to join forces - nationwide - in a grass roots effort to stop the federal impact on mining.
According to an open letter, dated April 6, to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson from various parties, there is a war against coal. It claimed the EPA has a political strategy.
“That strategy, simply put, is one that is a war against coal, and one that will wreak havoc and result in economic devastation on our communities.”
The guests were welcomed by Bryan Brown, Executive Director of West Virginia Federation for American Coal, Energy and Security of Coal (FACES) and Tim McLean, V.P. of Operations at Walker Machinery Co. Some other guests included: U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, (D), Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) and Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association.
“We don’t have an energy policy in this country,” Manchin said.
This discussion is coming on the heels of some recent legislative activities, including the decision, in early April, by a 4th Circuit judge striking down the EPA’s revocation of a mine permit in southern West Virginia. Around the same time, the EPA released new standards for coal-fired power plants that would restrict carbon dioxide emissions.
Manchin stressed the importance of getting politicians, nationwide, on board so together a strong fact-based front can be made against the powers rallying against coal.
“Politics will take care of itself,” Manchin said.
The battle before us is educating people and fighting with facts, he explained. Some folks are unaware that electricity comes from coal.
“We have not told our story.”
From left: Walker Machinery Executive V.P. Tim McLean; Bryan Brown, Executive Director of West Virginia Federation for American Coal, Energy and Security of Coal (FACES); U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, (D-W.Va.); W. Va. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) and Monty L. Boyd, CEO of Walker Machinery Co.
PATRIOT COAL HOSTS EARTH DAY EVENT
May 13, 2011
LOGAN – According to Ray Albright, Buffalo Grade School has a wonderful relationship with Patriot Coal Corporation.
Albright is principal of Buffalo Elementary School, in Logan.
“Patriot Coal has just been absolutely wonderful when it comes to helping the school with whatever extras that every school needs,” Albright said. “Every school has a need for this kind of relationship with business.”
Albright attended the Patriot Coal Earth Day event at Apogee Mine, in Logan, May 13. About 12 Logan County school students, of mixed grades, were actively involved with planting trees on the mine site and fishing in a stocked pond. One eighth-grader Hunter Montgomery, who caught several Bluegills, said he enjoyed the event because it was something different.
“I learned a little bit about the coal mine and how everything works,” he said.
Superintendent of Logan County Schools Wilma Zigmond stressed the importance of educating children about the benefits of coal mining. It is not the terrible thing they make it out to be, she said.
“Coal mining is probably one of the most regulated industries that we have, and they go back and clean up where they’ve been,” Zigmond said. “Kids need to understand there is a positive behind the coal mining industry; it’s not negative.”
According to maintenance planner for Patriot Coal Jerry Price, the purpose of the event was to show the students there is more to mining than stripping coal.
“Afterwards, we try to restore the land back to its normal habitat, or as close as possible, by planting trees and grass and things,” Price said. “There is a process we have to go through and it’s good to have them join in with us to see how that works. In a few years they will get to see the results of their help with these projects.”
Albright said they stress Earth Day every day of the year at the school.
“The environment is going to be here when we’re all gone,” he said. “But while we are here it is our responsibility to maintain it for future generations. We must be actively involved, even more so now, because the demands on the environment are so much greater than they used to be.”
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