Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 6, 2013

W.Va. mining symposium under way in Charleston

Associated Press

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Mining Symposium is under way in Charleston, but the industry meetings are happening behind closed doors until Thursday.

Sen. Joe Manchin was supposed to kick off the three-day conference Wednesday at the Charleston Civic Center but canceled. 

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey are on deck for Thursday, while Reps. Shelley Moore Capito, David McKinley and Nick Rahall are expected Friday.

Dozens of speakers will discuss environmental, legal and regulatory issues, from drug testing and the legal liabilities of mine inspectors to enforcement trends.

Jeff Herholdt of the West Virginia Department of Energy will discuss state and global energy trends, while Jeffrey Kohler of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health will focus on mine-safety research.