Producer hires help to tout coal�s benefits

MARYLAND operator Foundation Coal wants to push the positives of coal as the continued future of energy generation – and has hired a lobbyist to tell the US Government so.
Producer hires help to tout coal’s benefits Producer hires help to tout coal’s benefits Producer hires help to tout coal’s benefits Producer hires help to tout coal’s benefits Producer hires help to tout coal’s benefits

The San Juan longwall mine pump station.

Donna Schmidt

Company spokesman Peter Vietti confirmed to International Longwall News Monday that Foundation had secured Platinum Advisors to lobby federal legislators. Under its agreement, according to an Associated Press report Friday, the firm will petition for issues relating to energy policy.

“This relationship is within the normal scope of Foundation’s business initiatives to seek professional advice on various matters relating to government affairs,” Vietti told ILN, adding that the company does not have knowledge of any other producer making a similar move.

He did not elaborate on any other details of the alliance.

Under a 1995 US law, lobbyists must disclose any activities that could influence the executive of legislatives braches of the Federal Government, and must register with Congress within 45 days, the news service said.

While no other industry clients were listed on Platinum’s website, other major US companies under the firm include Big Four accountant KPMG, shipping giant UPS, and healthcare conglomerate Johnson & Johnson.

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