NEW ENERGY

Beckley, WV

#1 Feb 5, 2012
coal was king for many years but now there is a new kid on the block and his name is gas. many miners say coal will pick back up you need to accept the fact that the big coal boom is gone, yes the country will need a certian amount of top grade coal but not near as much as they use to need the future coal mines here in west virginia will be far and few in between, one fact is most of these mines did not produce top grade coal. my 30 years in the mines i have never seen the bottom fall out of coal this fast, what is it going to be like six months to a year from now? in two weeks time coal mines have been shut down, law offs, hiring freeze, work hours cut back. can it get any worse? yes it can and i believe it will get much worse, i believe that coal will never recover this time for the simple fact there is an alternitive < GAS >. this is my opinion.
coal miner

Beckley, WV

#2 Feb 13, 2012
sad but true and like everything else its called progress, i know its difficult to understand to west virginians but coal is just not that important to the other 49 states because they r moving forward w/progress, i think that is an example why w.v. always ranks last in everything, they r just to slow to catch on.
Very Sad

Beckley, WV

#3 Feb 13, 2012
coal miner wrote:
sad but true and like everything else its called progress, i know its difficult to understand to west virginians but coal is just not that important to the other 49 states because they r moving forward w/progress, i think that is an example why w.v. always ranks last in everything, they r just to slow to catch on.
This is very sad for WV, it is going to get very bad here, there are not jobs even out of state to go to. This will affect everything in WV, our retail , restrauants, everything will go way down. The economy is bad here and other countries, a lot of the coal was being shipped to China and others. It is just a bad thing right now, has nothing to do with WV being slow, the entire country is in bad shape. Look out the theives are going to double now.
common sense

Oak Hill, WV

#4 Feb 20, 2012
gas is safer,cheaper,easier to produce, and much cleaner,and an abundant supply so there fore its common sense. GAS is the future of west virginia. COAL is unsafe to mine, expensive to produce, very pollutant, and the top grade supply is growing short. yes i agree it is progress. its like when we done away w/ those ugly, nasty, coal stoves in the middle of our living rooms, 4- wheelers took the place of 3- wheelers, wal-mart took the place of hecks and hills, glade springs is the new maxwell hill.

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