W.Va. gov. to host private meeting on coal

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Posted: Nov 09, 2009 2:44 PM

Gov. Joe Manchin is planning to host a private meeting on the future of coal in West Virginia with government, industry and labor representatives.

Manchin spokesman Matt Turner says Tuesday's meeting was requested by county commissioners from Boone, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan and Mingo counties who are worried about how proposed federal actions could affect coal revenues.

Turner says Manchin agreed to host the meeting, and members of West Virginia's congressional delegation, or their staffs, are expected to attend.

The meeting will be a closed-door affair so the participants can have what Turner termed a candid discussion on the issues.

He says groups opposed to mining have not been invited because the meeting is not about environmental regulations.