President Robin C. Capehart will address West Virginia Coal Forum, to be held at the Highlands Center campus from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 15 at WLU’s Highlands Center, Triadelphia. The forum is co-chaired by WV Coal Association Vice President Chris Hamilton and UMWA Representative Fred Tucker.

Other notable speakers expected at the event include:FOC registered

  • Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall
  • West Virginia Division of Energy Director Jeff Herholdt
  • United Coal CEO Michael Zervos
  • West Virginia Coal Association President Bill Raney

The forum will represent both labor and management and will discuss the significance of coal exports to both the state and the national economy. Hamilton is also the chairman of WLU’s Industry Council, part of the Institute for Energy and Commerce.

According to a news release from Friends of Coal, information released by the West Virginia Division of Commerce in February showed a 40 percent growth in West Virginia’s coal exports in a year’s time, going from $5.3 billion in 2011 to $7.4 billion in 2012.

Because seating is limited, reservations are required, however there is no fee. Contact Joel Watts at [email protected] to make a reservation.