Open Letter from the Power PA Jobs Alliance to All Pennsylvanians

August 4, 2020

Gov. Tom Wolf is unlawfully scheming to circumvent the Pennsylvania General Assembly and, by his own estimates, impose a $2.36 billion tax on fossil fuel fired electric generation plants in Pennsylvania over the next 10 years. Governor Wolf’s goal is for Pennsylvania to join the 10-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) - a cartel of Northeastern states, like New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts, whose collective goal is to eliminate or severely
reduce generation from coal and natural gas plants in the name of reducing carbon dioxide emissions. In Pennsylvania, unlike the RGGI states, about two-thirds of our total electricity capacity comes from fossil fuel plants. Why? Because the Commonwealth is blessed with an abundance of low cost, home grown coal and natural gas resources.

June 23, 2020

Epic Element Recovery, developers of a proprietary metal recovery and enrichment process, today announced the filing of a provisional patent. Epic’s patent is based on a sustainable metal recovery process where acid mine drainage (AMD) is utilized as a leaching agent over coal and coal biproducts such as refuse and partings.

June 11, 2020

Pennsylvania Coal Alliance Executive Director discusses the Regional Greenhouse Gas Inititative with Chuck Greenawalt and Maura Donley on Behind the Headlines

May 19, 2020

HARRISBURG, Pa.  (May 19, 2020) – Pennsylvania Coal Alliance Executive Director Rachel Gleason today issued the following statement regarding today’s rejection by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) of Governor Tom Wolf’s proposal to join the Northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).  

“The Pennsylvania Coal Alliance applauds today’s rejection of DEP’s draft RGGI regulation by the Citizens Advisory Council. Even committees who are appointed by Governor Wolf are starting to realize his self-proclaimed ‘low-cost solution’ to fight climate change is not a practical solution.  Today’s vote follows the recent Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee meeting, which also failed to generate enough votes to advance the Governor’s unilateral carbon tax.”

Coal industry reacts to Governor Wolf’s correction classifying coal mining as a “life-sustaining business”

March 20, 2020

Representing the 18,000 coal-related jobs within Pennsylvania, the PA Coal Alliance applauds the Governor’s decision to keep coal mining operations open during this critical time. Coal remains an essential part of Pennsylvania’s electricity generation and steel making processes and is unmatched by any other fuel source in affordability, flexibility, reliability, resiliency and security.

Rachel Gleason | A timely reminder of the essential value of coal power

February 15, 2019

Pennsylvanians are keenly aware that the state’s weather can be unforgiving. 

The nation’s latest turn with the polar vortex was a reminder of just how unforgiving it can be, both in the commonwealth and around most of the country. With temperatures dipping well-below zero in most regions, our energy systems, particularly the electricity grid, were pushed to the limit. 

Once again, coal power plants came to the rescue to ensure the lights stayed on and our heating systems kept us comfortable.

Consol's Pa. coal complex setting production records but keeping focus on safety

November 27, 2018

Despite an ongoing secular decline in domestic consumption, Consol Energy Inc. is set to post a record coal production year from its three-mine complex in Pennsylvania, a sprawling underground mining operation several times larger than the island of Manhattan.

The company has not only survived but thrived during an overall decrease in U.S. coal demand by locking up contracts with customers at home while taking advantage of a recent boom in demand for its coal overseas. The well-capitalized longwall coal mining complex, consisting of the Enlow Fork, Bailey and Harvey mines, reported 6.4 million tons of coal produced in the third quarter despite several geological challenges encountered earlier in the year, a feat its executives and employees attribute to the company's culture.

Pennsylvania Coal Alliance Statement on the Affordable Clean Energy Rule

August 21, 2018

Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvania Coal Alliance Executive Director Rachel Gleason issued the following statement on the Affordable Clean Energy rule issued today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


July 10, 2018

“Let’s not talk about policy, let’s talk about values.”

It wasn’t the answer I expected from Jimmy Brock, President and CEO of CONSOL Energy, when asked about the company’s environmental policies. However, it shed light on the perception of the coal industry, and what that industry is doing to change how you view one of the U.S.’s most important energy sources.

“In a larger sense, and on a personal note, nearly all employees of CONSOL Energy live in the region where they mine and work,” he said. “Our kids drink the water and breathe this air. We all have a vested interest in ensuring that our activities do not adversely affect the environment. Compliance is one of our core values, but it’s also the personal reasons why environmental stewardship is paramount to us.”

Brock has been a part of the coal industry—and CONSOL Energy specifically—for four decades. He has a real passion for the work he does, and the company he does it for. Starting in 1978 as a summer student for the company, Brock has worked at nearly every position at the company: from laborer up through management to CEO today.

Preserving Fuel-Secure Electricity Resources

June 12, 2018

Everyone agrees that we need an electricity grid that is not only reliable but also resilient.  PJM says that resilience “relates to preparing for, operating through and recovering from a high-impact, low-frequency event.”  Fuel security is essential to resilience because it enables the grid to absorb and recover quickly from manmade or natural disturbances that could have disastrous consequences.    Having a large supply of coal ― which ranged from 71 to 104 days of burn last year ― stockpiled at coal-fired power plants provides resilience against high impact, low frequency disturbances because on-site fuel supplies minimize the potential for fuel supply disruptions.

Pennsylvania Coal Alliance Statement on the Repeal of the Clean Power Plan

October 10, 2017

Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvania Coal Alliance Executive Director Rachel Gleason issued the following statement on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Pruitt’s decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan:

Rick Perry urges FERC protect coal, nuclear power plants

September 29, 2017

Energy Secretary Rick Perry argued that Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria underscore the need for FERC to act swiftly to approve new rules that would ensure the nation has electricity that can remain functioning during disasters.


Energy Secretary Rick Perry prodded the nation's grid regulator on Friday to pick up the pace on an administration proposal to ensure nuclear and coal power plants are adequately compensated for the resilience they offer the power grid.

Pennsylvania Coal Companies Awarded for Outstanding Safety Records

September 25, 2017

Pennsylvania has been a leader in mine safety, and PCA member companies work closely with our state DEP to make certain that the safety of our men and woman working above and below ground is a top priority for every active operation. The Keystone Mine Safety Awards were awarded to companies based on work-related injury data submitted to the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Pennsylvania Coal Companies Awarded For Exemplary Surface Coal Mine Reclamation

September 25, 2017

The Pennsylvania Coal Alliance (PCA) recently recognized the efforts of several member companies who performed above and beyond federal and state regulations for reclaiming coal mine sites to environmentally sound conditions with productive uses during the 2016 calendar year. 

Pennsylvania Coal Alliance Recognizes Mining Companies for Environmental Stewardship

April 22, 2017

In honor of Earth Day this year, the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance is proud to recognize mining companies for their remarkable contributions to environmental stewardship through abandoned mine land reclamation in Pennsylvania.

In 2016, nearly 240 acres of abandoned mine land was reclaimed, with a taxpayer benefit of $10.9 million. Today there are an additional 1,582 acres of active reclamation projects in Pennsylvania, with a taxpayer benefit of over $70 million. Of those, 440 acres are anticipated to be completed in 2017.

Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth

March 28, 2017


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Where coal is still king

February 19, 2017

Two weeks after Derek Cisar’s wife gave birth to their son, the 36-year-old coal miner had to tell her he’d lost his job.

“It wasn’t because there wasn’t any work,” he said, moments after emerging from the underground mine. “Things in the industry in our area had started looking pretty stable for the past few months.

“It all came down to a ruling by a judge … with pressure from two climate-change groups. They effectively upended my life, my family’s life, and the lives of 202 other coal miners who were laid off because of his ruling.”

The layoffs at the Bailey mine turned out to be temporary; Consol Energy changed its mining plan, for now, to abide by a state Environmental Hearing Board order that bars mining under Ryerson Station State Park.

Pennsylvania Coal Companies Awarded For Exemplary Surface Coal Mine Reclamation

August 22, 2016

The Pennsylvania Coal Alliance (PCA) recently recognized the efforts of several member companies who performed above and beyond the federal and state regulations for reclaiming coal mining sites to environmentally sound conditions with productive uses. 

White House holds flurry of meetings on stream rule

August 11, 2016

Groups for and against the Obama administration's contentious stream protection rule have swarmed the White House in recent weeks as the new restrictions, seven years in the making, are almost ready for release.

The White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an arm of the Office of Management and Budget, has hosted more than a dozen meetings with industry, states, environmentalists and lawmakers.

OIRA is the final stop for the stream protection rule before the Interior Department's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement publishes its final product.

PCA and PA DEP Launch New Mine Safety Video

July 7, 2016

PCA, in partnership with PA DEP, launched a new mine safety video at yesterday's Board of Coal Mine Safety meeting. PCA member companies are serious about safety awareness, and are committed to continuously enhancing training and technology. 


June 23, 2016

HARRISBURG, PA (June 23, 2016) - The Pennsylvania Coal Alliance thanks Gov. Wolf for signing into law Senate Bill 1195 as Act 57 of 2016. This measure, authored by Senator Don White (R-Indiana), previously passed the House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support.

Release: PA Legislators Hold Hearing to Examine Impacts of Clean Power Plan Compliance

November 17, 2015

At a House and Senate Coal Caucus hearing, Pennsylvania Coal Alliance (PCA) CEO, John Pippy cautioned legislators on early compliance with EPA’s most recent high impact regulation, the Clean Power Plan (CPP).


Within the last 15 years, the EPA has introduced 19 high impact rules with costs over $90 billion dollars. By the EPA’s
own modest estimate, compliance with the CPP will cost $8.4 billion annually, making it the most costly power plant
regulation to date impacting the coal industry, state economy and the cost and reliability of electricity.

Under the CPP, EPA exercises primacy over a sector that has historically been regulated by states. This conflicts with
the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s responsibility under the Federal Power Act to regulate wholesale
electricity markets that meet the unique needs and utilize the unique resources within each state.

Release: PA Coal Industry Targeted with Continued Onslaught of Federal Regulations

At a federal hearing on the proposed Stream Protection Rule in Pittsburgh on Thursday, the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) got an earful of testimony from coal operators, environmental engineers and businesses who testified against yetanother costly and overreaching Federal regulation.

Release: Pennsylvania's Coal Companies, Enhancing the Commonwealth's Lands

September 4, 2015

In conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental
Protection’s (DEP) Office of Active and Abandoned Mine Operations, the Pennsylvania Coal
Alliance (PCA) recognizes four Pennsylvania coal companies for eleven sites totaling 850 acres
of reclaimed abandoned mine lands. Each year, DEP uses an evaluation process based on premining
condition, reclamation quality, landowner satisfaction and compliance with the
Commonwealth’s stringent environmental regulations. These fully restored sites return the land
to natural habitats, forests and waterways.

Release: PA Coal Alliance Addresses House and Senate Coal Caucuses on Impacts of Proposed EPA Rule

June 16, 2015

Pennsylvania Coal Alliance CEO, John Pippy addressed legislators on the effects of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Clean Power Plan” on Pennsylvania’s jobs, electric rates and economy at a House and Senate Coal Caucus hearing this morning. The EPA’s proposed rule, said to be published this summer, circumvents state’s rights by mandating energy policy disguised as environmental regulation.

Advisory: House and Senate Coal Caucuses to Hold Hearing on EPA’s Proposed “Clean Power Plan”

June 12, 2015

Pennsylvania Coal Alliance (PCA) CEO, John Pippy will testify at a public hearing hosted by the House and Senate Coal Caucuses on the proposed EPA “Clean Power Plan” and its forecasted effect on Pennsylvania’s coal industry, the state economy and electric rates.


This proposed rule will affect what type of electricity is available for consumption in Pennsylvania, its availability on a 24/7 basis, how much consumers pay for it and how much of it can be used based on the judgment of environmental regulators.  The rule will also dictate the makeup of Pennsylvania’s electric generation mix and prices in 2020 and beyond, affecting not just the coal industry, but Pennsylvania’s ratepayers statewide. 

Coal important to Pennsylvania

February 18, 2015

In his letter in support of proposed carbon emission standards for existing coal-fired power plants (“Uphold carbon limits in Pa.,” Feb. 3), Russell Zerbo ignores several facts crucial for a full understanding of this issue.

Zerbo's claim that U.S. emissions are greater than India’s and China’s is misleading. Coal-fired power plants in America account for only 4 percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions. India and China, on the other hand, account for 20 percent. Their emissions have grown by 69 percent and 53 percent, respectively, and will continue to grow.

For the Record: PA Coal Alliance on EPA Regulations

February 16, 2015

John Pippy of the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance sits down with Andrew Kalista to discuss Pennsylvania's coal industry. Where is it headed? Is the EPA trying to put coal in PA out of business? What does that mean for your job and your wallet?

Pa. Senator Bartolotta vows to protect region's energy jobs

February 8, 2015

Sen. Camera Bartolotta wore jeans to her sparsely decorated district office at Southpointe. It wasn't casual Friday.

The Republican had spent part of the day touring nearby facilities run by MarkWest Energy Partners LP, which operates natural gas processing plants in the Marcellus shale and has an office in the sprawling corporate park in Cecil that's home to Consol Energy Inc., Rice Energy Inc. and Range Resources Corp., among others.

“That's why I chose Southpointe for this office. It's the belly of the beast of the natural gas and oil industry here, and I'm trying to meet with all of them right away,” said Bartolotta, 51, of Monongahela, who within days of taking office in Harrisburg last month was named vice chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.


Elected leaders need to consider all of the consequences

February 12, 2015

Pennsylvania’s elected officials should be commended for taking the time to understand the proposed federal environmental regulations and their compounded effects on a state level. Their time in considering all outcomes so that the Commonwealth’s full constituency is fairly represented is appreciated.

This past December, the comment period on the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) closed after roughly 1.6 million comments were received. The Pennsylvania Coal Alliance (PCA), along with legislators, public policy makers, electric ratepayers and laborers statewide took to paper and email to submit comments of opposition.

Coal still plays a big role in Pennsylvania

January 21, 2015

Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord’s recent op-ed supporting the EPA’s so-called Clean Power Plan mandating carbon emission standards (“Pennsylvania Should Embrace the New-Energy Economy,” Dec. 30) came up short in several respects.

Mr. McCord acknowledged that compliance with the proposed standards could create economic damage and would be “tough to embrace.” That would be particularly so in Pennsylvania, one of the country’s top energy-producing states, which provides a significant proportion of the electricity for consumers and businesses in the eastern United States.

What he failed to consider is that all of the U.S. coal-fired power plants combined account for a mere 4 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. In comparison, coal-fired power generation in only two developing nations, China and India, account for 20 percent, and they are increasing their reliance on coal.

Congress must control 'rogue' EPA

January 15, 2015

I appreciate Tom Bennett's letter to the editor ("Obama's policies wage war on affordable energy"). In it he challenges the "global warming congregation" belief that "the science is settled" and 2014 was the "warmest in recorded history."


Science is never settled; it's always subject to challenge. If it withstands challenges, it becomes stronger science. If it doesn't, it's replaced with better science. The congregation can't accept that human carbon dioxide emissions are showing to be at most a very weak influence on Earth's temperatures. That's what science shows — not flawed computer models.

The congregation will also know that 2014 was the warmest in recorded history. The congregation clings to an archaic system of thermometer stations at or close to ground level and highly subject to interference that exaggerates temperatures.

Hard Facts About Coal

January 14, 2015

Actions speak louder than words, and the President’s “Clean Power Plan” delivers the one-two punch that will effectively cripple the coal industry. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, if the plan is enacted as proposed, coal consumption from existing coal-fired plants (111.d) by Pennsylvania’s electric utilities would decrease by about 70 percent by 2030. The second punch (111.b) requires new plants to implement carbon capture and storage technology that is not yet commercially available. Whether the President intended in 2008 to say he would bankrupt the industry is irrelevant. Today the intent of the proposed “Clean Power Plan” is clear. 

Behind the Headlines

January 8, 2015

John Pippy of the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance discusses coal in Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania's energy needs.

EPA delays carbon rules for power plants

January 7, 2015

The Obama administration is delaying rules aimed at curbing carbon emissions from power plants and will write a separate implementation plan for states that have threatened not to design their own.

The Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that rules for new plants, due by law Friday, will be pushed back to “mid-summer” and will be coordinated with another set of regulations to cut greenhouse gasses from existing and modified plants that was to be finalized in June.

The delay happens as Republicans, who have threatened to overturn emissions regulations criticized by some politicians and executives as a “war on coal,” take control of Congress after their recent election victory.

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf taking correct approach on coal

January 3, 2015

In response to the letter to the editor, "Fossil fuel companies will adapt," I would've been surprised if Gov.-elect Wolf had not expressed concern over the proposed clean power plan. While the coal industry provides more than 36,000 jobs in Pennsylvania, this isn't just an issue facing fossil fuel employees.


Pennsylvania receives 40 percent of electricity from coal, and grid operators nationwide submitted comments of opposition to this plan based solely on reliability and price issues. Pennsylvania's Public Utility Commission stated, "EPA hasn't given sufficient consideration to the impacts its proposal will have on organized electricity markets and challenges the proposal presents to system reliability and economy."

PCA: Clean Power Plan "dramatic overstepping" of legal authority

December 29, 2014

Beyond concerns being expressed by many Pennsylvanians, the EPA's plan also drew comment from the North American Electric Reliability Corp., whose job is to evaluate and improve the reliability of the bulk power system in the U.S., Canada and parts of Mexico.


While it did no take a stand on the CPP, NERC pointed out that under the proposal, CPP aims to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, noting that under the EPA proposal, substantial CO2 reductions are required under State Implementation Plans as early as 2020.


“According to the EPA's Regulatory Impact Assessment, generation capacity would be reduced by between 108 and 134 gigawatts by 2020,” NERC wrote in its initial reliability review published last month. “The number of estimated retirements identified in the EPA's proposed rule may be conservative if the assumptions prove to be unachieveable. Developing suitable replacement generation resources to maintain adequate reserve margin levels may represent a significant reliability challenge, given the constrained time period for implementation.”

EPA lawlessness: Shut it down

December 27, 2014

If “We the People” are to beat back the insidious legislative freelancing in which so many government agencies now so routinely engage, a lawsuit by several states against the EPA could be the best hope.

Twelve states (but, regrettably, not Pennsylvania) sued the Environmental Protection Agency last summer over what's called “The Clean Power Plan.” It sets carbon dioxide emission standards for each state, giving states a year to comply.

Not only does the EPA essentially lay claim to determining the market mix of available electricity generating sources, it arbitrarily has seized power never delegated to it by Congress in the first place, notes liberal legal scholar Laurence Tribe, an ardent environmentalist.

Black households will pay more under clean-air rules

December 26, 2014

Here’s some unexpected ammunition for U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly’s battle against federal coal regulations: The Obama administration’s coal policy imposes a disproportionate negative impact on black households, according to a new study.

The study looked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed new rules on carbon dioxide emissions for existing coal-fired electric plants. The EPA’s Clean Power Plan, established by an executive order from President Barack Obama, sets state-specific targets for CO2 emissions from power plants to be 30 percent lower than 2005 levels by 2030. 

PA-3: Rep. Kelly Delivers Weekly Republican Address

December 22, 2014

Representative Mike Kelly, from Pennsylvania’s 3rd District, delivered the Weekly Republican Address this past week. In the address, Kelly highlighted the importance of developing all forms of American energy in order to create jobs and spur economic growth.

“Coal is our most abundant and valuable resource,” Congressman Kelly begins. “It lights our homes, keeps our electric bills low, and puts food on the table for countless families. More than 40,000 jobs in my state alone are tied to coal.”

The regulatory state: EPA picks a fight

December 19, 2014

As expected, new federal rules to clamp down on power plant emissions have received plenty of public feedback — more than 1.6 million comments — along with a warning for the Environmental Protection Agency from 17 state attorneys general.

Namely, that these states, from Ohio to Wyoming, are not going to roll over on an economy-crippling proposal with “numerous legal defects,” each of which is significant enough to derail the new rule, according to the AGs.


EPA is the problem

December 3, 2014

Wow. “EPA not the problem” by the Clean Air Council's Russell Zerbo was one of the most ill-informed, misleading letters I have ever read. Good thing I worked in environmental engineering, coal and the electric power industry. Consider these points.


December 1, 2014

The Pennsylvania Coal Alliance (PCA), along with 47 lawmakers,  business owners, electric ratepayers and laborers statewide took to paper and email to submit comments of opposition to EPA on the proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP). 

Sen. Bob Casey warns of higher power bills for Pennsylvanians -- 11NN

December 2014

"We should try to achieve an EPA policy as it relates to Pennsylvania as well as other states that doesn't put that kind of burden on ratepayers.”

Rep. Reed: Proposed Emissions Standards Would Devastate Power Plants, Destroy Jobs

November 25, 2014

Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana) today sent a letter to Gina McCarthy, administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), explaining his opposition to the agency’s plan to enact President Barack Obama’s proposed emission regulations for power plants. The “Clean Power Plan” calls for a 25 percent reduction of greenhouse gas pollution by 2030. 

Our View: Sen. Casey right to take on EPA

November 21, 2014

Casey this week told the EPA in a 22-page letter that he sees the need for nationwide EPA policy and agrees that immediate action is required, but he says the initiative, on which the EPA is taking public comment, shortchanges Pennsylvania.


We agree.


The federal agencies proposals for individual states pull no punches. While the EPA leaves the method of meeting emission goals to the states, as the plan is now constructed, Pennsylvania will have to slash greenhouse gases by 32 percent by 2030.

Casey says that’s overkill, is unfair to Pennsylvania, s

Casey to Obama: Climate plan unfair to Pennsylvania

November 20, 2014

In the letter Casey faults the plan as impractical. He said Pennsylvania is being tasked with substantially increasing renewable energy such as wind or solar power, even though federal data show that the state is technically limited compared to other states to do so.

Casey also said the EPA plan fails to credit Pennsylvania for clean power sources such as existing hydropower and nuclear power. And he said the proposal does not take into account the environmental value of Pennsylvania plants that provide energy by burning coal refuse, which otherwise would litter the state's landscape.

Pennsylvania relies on coal for about 40 percent of its electricity, with another 35 percent from nuclear, and 21 percent from natural gas.


EPA impoverishing seniors

November 19, 2014

Electric bills will again inevitably increase. Last winter, the great majority of increased demand during the polar vortex was supplied by coal-fired plants, but many are slated for closure in the next two years due to other EPA regulations. EPA's latest proposal could finally push our grid over the edge by taking more plants offline and putting Pennsylvania's electricity system at risk of failing.

We need to continue environmental progress without threatening seniors and all on modest incomes with economic hardship at the hands of the president's EPA.


Alarmists being heard on climate

November 12, 2014

Nowadays anyone who raises a question about climate change is labeled a "flat-earther" or "denier" or some such. There isn't any room for discussion or examination, just an impolite dismissal.

There are many reasons to question the conclusions being put forward by such organizations as the United Nations. For example, the international Panel on Climate Change recently reported that carbon emissions will ultimately have to fall to zero. On the count of three, hold your breath … forever.

OP-ED: Even green jobs threatened by EPA regs

November 11, 2014

Pennsylvania’s DEP says it should be able to exclude facilities that provide environmental benefits, such as coal-waste plants, in their emissions plan. However, EPA’s proposal makes no provision for such an exemption. “Frankly, they are ignoring us,” says Vincent Brisini, Deputy Secretary of DEP’s Office of Waste, Air, Radiation and Remediation.

Here's how EPA's coal regs threaten green jobs: Gordon Tomb

November 7, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reports that coal-waste plants have reclaimed 7,200 acres of mine land, saving taxpayers up to $220 million, while providing jobs and revenue for the localities where they operate.

Approximately 170,000 acres remain to be restored, DEP says. But cleaning up Pennsylvania's environment will have to wait if the EPA gets its way.

McNelly says the plants have been caught up in EPA's "tsunami of anti-coal" policy that is directed mainly at much larger coal-fired plants that supply 40 percent of Pennsylvania's electricity.

State Leaders Supporting State's Coal Industry

November 6, 2014

Statistics show that Pennsylvania is the fourth-largest coal producer in the country, responsible for nearly 40,000 jobs statewide. Those who are involved in the industry said its future could be in danger without the use of new clean coal technology.

The Quehanna Industrial Development Corporation held a news conference Thursday to discuss what they’re calling the “war on the coal industry.” They hope backing from government officials will lead to clean coal technology that they said the industry needs to survive.

Wolf's acceptance speech holds clues to his first-term priorities

November 4, 2014

"Everyone's talking about gas, but we also have coal," he said. "We've got to make sure coal is relevant in this new age we're entering into. We have to make sure we take advantage of our fresh water resources, our timber and our open space."

LETTER: EPA's coal-plant shutdown scheme must be stopped

October 31, 2014

I was initially perplexed reading Kathy Fox's Oct. 27 letter opposing the PennEast natural gas pipeline.  From an earlier letter, she would seem joyful about the Environmental Protection Agency's rule-making that would shut down hundreds of vitally needed coal-fired power plants to "fight global warming." But in its plan EPA cites additional natural gas as crucial to compensate for the coal loss.

Rep. Snyder: Pennsylvania will forge its energy future

October 23, 2014

State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Fayette/Greene/Washington, today said the commonwealth’s energy destiny will be sculpted for Pennsylvania by Pennsylvanians.

“Effective immediately, Pennsylvania will craft its energy strategy to reduce greenhouse gases,” said Snyder, whose H.B. 2354 was signed into law late Wednesday by Gov. Tom Corbett as Act 175 of 2014. “The commonwealth will advance using 21st century technologies and employing the state’s unique blend of resources and experience.”


October 22,2014

The Pennsylvania Coal Alliance (PCA), along with labor, businesses and electric ratepayers statewide praise Gov. Corbett for signing into law House Bill 2354. This measure which passed the House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support establishes a deliberate review process inclusive of all stakeholders to guide DEP in developing a state plan to comply with pending federal carbon emission reduction regulations (EPA’s Clean Power Plan).

Terry Jarrett: EPA's proposed clean air rules could leave nation in the cold

October 10, 2014

Last winter, a polar vortex plunged much of the country into a deep freeze — and sent Americans running to turn up their thermostats. That, in turn, caused a surge of demand for electricity, a surge that our nation's electricity suppliers could barely meet.

You may not give electricity much of a thought. For most Americans, you flip a switch and the lights go on. But if federal regulators get their way, that may not be the case in the future.


At issue is the concept of grid reliability, whether the supply exists to meet demand for electricity. For much of the country, grid reliability means counting on coal; today, roughly 40 percent of electricity in the United States comes from coal-fired generation.


August 20, 2014

The Pennsylvania Coal Alliance (PCA) recognized 8 Pennsylvania coal

companies with 14 different awards for their exemplary efforts in the field. 7 current sites were awarded the Keystone Mine Safety Award and 7 former sites were recognized with the Surface

Coal Mine Reclamation Award at PCA’s annual Seven Springs Banquet on August 20, 2014.



March 10, 2015

study by the Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh found that longwall mining is a driving economic force for Greene and Washington Counties, providing substantial jobs and tax revenue to support the region. 

Yaw, Wozniak to co-chair Senate ‘Coal Caucus’

January 29, 2015

“Pennsylvania is a major player in coal production, creating a number of direct and indirect jobs, and will remain an important part of our energy portfolio for years to come,” Yaw said. “Together, we can change the dynamic of coal as an energy resource.”

Wozniak said the coal industry plays a major role in Pennsylvania’s economy, and continues to help citizens “manage their energy needs.”

“Working alongside Sen. Yaw in leading the Senate Coal Caucus, I believe we can have a significant impact on policy and help the industry and its workers meet future challenges,” Wozniak said.

John Pippy, CEO of the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance, thanked the senators on behalf of the 300 companies in the alliance for supporting the industry.

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