People to power energy issue debate

THE coal community and general public have a chance to speak their minds about the best way to harness energy from coal-rich West Virginia’s commodities.

Donna Schmidt

Local news station WCHS, in the state’s capital city of Charleston is serving as host for the meeting, set for 7.30pm on August 29 at the Clay Center.

The forum, entitled “Town Hall: Your Choice, Your Future”, will be streamed live and comments will be accepted via social media outlets.

The station said in its announcement of the event that its scheduled panelists would represent “diverse interests” to field questions about harvesting energy and energy production, including the best ways to use resources including coal, natural gas, solar and wind energy.

The specific itinerary and speaker list has not been released, but WCHS said guest panelists would include West Virginia Coal Association president Bill Raney, Earthjustice environmentalist Bo Webb and Gastar Exploration senior vice-president Mark McCown.

Those wishing to attend must complete an online registration form, which the organizers said did not guarantee admission.

The meeting is expected to adjourn by 9pm.

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