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Coal Company Layoffs Affect Hundreds Of Families (EPA's first victims)
WCYB.com ^ | February 1, 2012 | Drew Hinesley

Posted on 02/01/2012 6:15:17 PM PST by Timber Rattler

Its a tough time for hundreds of coal miners across southwest Virginia.

That's because they're getting pink slips from A & G Coal, which is owned by Southern Coal Company.

Mark Whooten is a spokesman for Southern Coal. He told News 5 who made the decision. "These layoffs are a decision by our corporate headquarters. They are market driven due to metallurgical coal market fluctuating violently at the present time."

The company wouldn't tell us how many jobs they have cut, but we do know its sizeable according to the manager of the local employment office, Gary Hale. "On Monday we saw approximately about 92 folks that visited the office."

(Excerpt) Read more at wcyb.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Government; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: bhoenergy; bhoepa; carboncult; coal; energypolicy; epa; greenenergy; greenreligion; layoffs; obamunism; swva; va2012; waroncoal
EPA's war on coal claimed its first real victims today. Hundreds of miners in Southwest Virginia laid off because of a sudden, sharp decline in the price of coal, due to THIS:

Obama’s EPA Forces 6 More Coal Plant Closures

and THIS:

AP IMPACT: EPA rules threaten older power plants

and THIS:

Obama set to kill off coal industry?

1 posted on 02/01/2012 6:15:26 PM PST by Timber Rattler
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To: Timber Rattler

Yes, but it’s Bush’s fault...


2 posted on 02/01/2012 6:18:55 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Timber Rattler

Oh, don’t worry - they can get new, green, safer jobs - like growing pot.

Seriously, this is disastrous for this area, and I feel very badly for those people, who are essentially trapped. Certainly, there is no other industry there that can absorb this.


3 posted on 02/01/2012 6:19:08 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Timber Rattler

O promised this in the election. Now people know he meant it.

Wait until we can’t even afford our electric bills.


4 posted on 02/01/2012 6:19:20 PM PST by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: Timber Rattler

That’s OK Virginia. Your savior is coming. All hail your new king, King Romney.


5 posted on 02/01/2012 6:21:21 PM PST by Logical me
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To: Timber Rattler
And before anyone makes a snide comment about how the SWVA miners voted in 2008...


6 posted on 02/01/2012 6:22:16 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler

EPA is staffed with anti-captalists and congress and presidents cede power to them. Their mandate as they see it, is not to protect the environment, but to destroy capitalism.


7 posted on 02/01/2012 6:23:19 PM PST by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: Timber Rattler

IOW Obama could care less. In fact it is payoff time, in reverse.


8 posted on 02/01/2012 6:29:00 PM PST by wita
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To: Timber Rattler

They might need to hire more workers to staff the unemployment office to handle the load. These staff positions will count as jobs that Obama “created”.


9 posted on 02/01/2012 6:32:50 PM PST by Brownie63
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To: Timber Rattler

Barack the Kenyan told everyone that he was going to do this once he was “elected” president. They voted for him anyway. They shouldn’t be surprised by his “hope and change”. It’s all part of Barack the Kenyan’s “history”.


10 posted on 02/01/2012 6:32:50 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Hey America! Your President's DOJ is taking the Fifth Amendment! How do you feel about that?)
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To: Timber Rattler
...THIS IS NOT THE EPA....it is OBAMA, FIRST OIL PRODUCTION CUT IN USA...INVESTED BILLIONS IN SOUTH AMERICA.....SPENT BILLIONS ON USELESS GREEN INDUSTRIES ...NOW FINISHING OFF COAL IN THE USA
11 posted on 02/01/2012 6:33:02 PM PST by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Timber Rattler
market driven due to metallurgical coal market fluctuating violently at the present time."

Metallurgical coal is used in steel mills, not power plants. The effect of the closing of the coal fired power plants in nearby Ohio and elsewhere will be body punch number 2 to the coal industry. Hope the Virginians get over their idiot romance with democrats before they all go belly up.

12 posted on 02/01/2012 6:33:46 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Timber Rattler

“Virginia was won by Democratic nominee Barack Obama by a 6.3% margin of victory.”

Does anything else need to be said?


13 posted on 02/01/2012 6:36:50 PM PST by Outlaw Woman (The 2nd Amendment IS my concealed carry permit)
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To: hinckley buzzard
See #6.

Also, the coal produced in Southwest Virginia is bituminous, which is used in the power plants that are now closing. I know...I come from a long line of coal miners in that area.

14 posted on 02/01/2012 6:37:07 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler

The article says it’s metallurgical coal, not bituminous coal.

Metallurgical coal is used in blast furnaces at steel mills.

Bituminous coal is used to fire electrical generating plants.

Since it’s metallurgical coal, I suspect the layoffs are due to a general drop in US steel production from reduced demand in the current economy and significantly increased steel and finished goods imports.

The EPA’s new rules will hit the bituminous miners, of course, but that’s not the problem in this particular instance.


15 posted on 02/01/2012 6:38:13 PM PST by JackOfVA
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To: Timber Rattler

First victims?!?!?!

Those are all of US about 30+ years ago!


16 posted on 02/01/2012 6:42:53 PM PST by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: Outlaw Woman
and West Virginia gave us another rat Senator....

and Penn is always a toss up...

someday, I won't care anymore about my fellow Americans...I'm not there yet...

but is some Americans insist on killing off our future, I guess I might just not care about theirs....

17 posted on 02/01/2012 6:47:04 PM PST by cherry
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To: The Antiyuppie
"Seriously, this is disastrous for this area, and I feel very badly for those people, who are essentially trapped. Certainly, there is no other industry there that can absorb this."

You are absolutely correct! This area(I live in SWVA) is already about as low as you can get with all of the industry leaving over the past 15 years. I had the misfortune of having to go to the grocery store this evening, which I usually avoid during the 1st of the month due to the place being beyond crowded with 'food stamp' customers. During the rest of the month, it's a ghost town. During the first week of the month is the only time you see evidence of much economic activity. That says alot about the condition of the area here, and it's saddening to see. When I was growing up(being in my 30s, that wasn't long ago), the roads used to be crowded with traffic of people going to WORK. It would be the same way during the evenings. The grocery stores used to be crowded daily. Now when you go out at 7AM, it looks like a weekend morning.

It's disgusting to see what would be a community of otherwise hard working people have to turn to .gov for handouts because what few jobs that DO remain here(retail), no one can support a family on. I could easily imagine many people going back to the traditions of this area and taking to the woods to produce the demanded product(s) of the current prohibition.

18 posted on 02/01/2012 6:48:49 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: The Antiyuppie
"Seriously, this is disastrous for this area, and I feel very badly for those people, who are essentially trapped. Certainly, there is no other industry there that can absorb this."

You are absolutely correct! This area(I live in SWVA) is already about as low as you can get with all of the industry leaving over the past 15 years. I had the misfortune of having to go to the grocery store this evening, which I usually avoid during the 1st of the month due to the place being beyond crowded with 'food stamp' customers. During the rest of the month, it's a ghost town. During the first week of the month is the only time you see evidence of much economic activity. That says alot about the condition of the area here, and it's saddening to see. When I was growing up(being in my 30s, that wasn't long ago), the roads used to be crowded with traffic of people going to WORK. It would be the same way during the evenings. The grocery stores used to be crowded daily. Now when you go out at 7AM, it looks like a weekend morning.

It's disgusting to see what would be a community of otherwise hard working people have to turn to .gov for handouts because what few jobs that DO remain here(retail), no one can support a family on. I could easily imagine many people going back to the traditions of this area and taking to the woods to produce the demanded product(s) of the current prohibition.

19 posted on 02/01/2012 6:49:12 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Timber Rattler

That lone blue county you see there from 2008 is Montgomery County. That’s where Blacksburg is, which is the home of Virginia Tech. We go there often, and when college is going on, the place is a zoo. The college always distorts the results out of that county, compared to the surrounding area.

Montgomery County, outside of Blacksburg as every bit as conservative as all the rest in the area.


20 posted on 02/01/2012 6:55:17 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Timber Rattler

Congress should defund th EPA.


21 posted on 02/01/2012 6:56:01 PM PST by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, Democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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To: Timber Rattler

Congress should defund the EPA.


22 posted on 02/01/2012 6:56:12 PM PST by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, Democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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To: JackOfVA

***The article says it’s metallurgical coal, not bituminous coal.***

I know the difference between Bituminus, sub-bituminus, anthricite and lignite.

But what is metallurgical coal?


23 posted on 02/01/2012 6:59:16 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Timber Rattler

The unemployment checks will stimulate the economy. Thanks Obama. /S


24 posted on 02/01/2012 7:07:32 PM PST by FishinTX (Annoy liberals, VOTE NEWT.)
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To: KoRn

I went to Virginia Tech and graduated in 1999.


25 posted on 02/01/2012 7:07:47 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: cherry

The more I see the claim that the country deserves the government they get, the more I believe it. I feel no sympathy or rage now...I know longer feel American either; just some throwback from years ago.

May they all rot in the situation they brought this country to.


26 posted on 02/01/2012 7:14:12 PM PST by Outlaw Woman (The 2nd Amendment IS my concealed carry permit)
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To: Timber Rattler; All
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27 posted on 02/01/2012 7:23:30 PM PST by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: JackOfVA

My guess is the drop in the demand for metallurgical coal is from China.


28 posted on 02/01/2012 7:45:59 PM PST by meatloaf
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To: Timber Rattler
Flag obama's America side Pictures, Images and Photos
29 posted on 02/01/2012 8:45:12 PM PST by GR_Jr. (ABR / AB0 (Anybody but Romney, and then Anybody but 0bama))
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To: Steve Newton
"Wait until we can’t even afford our electric bills."

O or his handlers planned all this to happen. It is working perfectly for them and him.

He wanted to end coal power, he wanted to end health care in the hands of individuals, he planned to divide the country and has worked for all those goals.
It is working, and when he wins again and SCOTUS is under his control we are done as a republic the founders wanted and planned for us.
30 posted on 02/01/2012 10:28:10 PM PST by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: KoRn

Is the Dairy Queen still around in Pearisburg? LOL My first wife was born in Blacksburg and raised in Ripplemead I think was the name in the 1960’s. When we’d go see her folks first stop was the Dairy Queen in Pearisburg.


31 posted on 02/01/2012 10:52:40 PM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: cva66snipe

I don’t get to Pearisburg often, but I’m pretty sure I saw the DQ on Main St. the last time we passed through there.


32 posted on 02/02/2012 12:04:25 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

coke?


33 posted on 02/02/2012 12:49:11 AM PST by Domangart
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To: Doogle

Rumors have it that he no longer could stand the competition, that’s why he had Bin Laden taken out.


34 posted on 02/02/2012 2:31:22 AM PST by saintgermaine
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To: JSteff

Well

If it comes to that we may have something to say about our Republic.

Smile


35 posted on 02/02/2012 6:36:13 PM PST by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Metallurgical coal is low-ash, low-sulfur bituminous coal. In particular, it should be low in phosphorous and sulfur. It’s usually converted to metallurgical coke by heating in an sealed oven to drive off the volatiles.

The resulting coke is used in blast furnaces as a reducing agent and fuel. The low phosphorous and low sulfur contents are desirable to avoid contaminating the pig iron.


36 posted on 02/03/2012 8:57:46 AM PST by JackOfVA
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To: meatloaf

Could well be - there’s hardly any domestic steelmaking industry left.


37 posted on 02/03/2012 8:59:57 AM PST by JackOfVA
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To: Outlaw Woman
“Virginia was won by Democratic nominee Barack Obama by a 6.3% margin of victory.” Does anything else need to be said?

The stinking blue-bellies in NoVa and Richmond probably don't even know that coal is mined in Virginia, or that they directly benefit from that coal. They just wanna be "green".

38 posted on 02/03/2012 9:04:08 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: JackOfVA

***Metallurgical coal is low-ash, low-sulfur bituminous coal***

What is the average BTU/LB of this coal? We used 8400 Btu Wyoming coal in our power plant. Low ash, low sulfur sub-bituminous.

I use a high BTU Oklahoma coal in my blacksmithing work.


39 posted on 02/03/2012 9:20:13 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: ArrogantBustard

It’s stunning isn’t it?


40 posted on 02/03/2012 10:03:57 AM PST by Outlaw Woman (The 2nd Amendment IS my concealed carry permit)
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