Environmentalists to protest McDonnell's speech at coal breakfast
Environmentalists will hold a protest Tuesday morning outside the downtown Richmond hotel where Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will be attending the annual legislative coal awareness breakfast.
McDonnell (R), who serves as chairman of the Southern States Energy Board, will be speaking to about 150 people at the Richmond Marriott about his goal of making Virginia the energy capital of the east coast and the coal industry's importance in doing that.
The breakfast is sponsored by the Southern States Energy Board, Eastern Coal Council, Virginia Department Mines Minerals & Energy, Virginia Tech/Virginia Coal & Energy Research Center, Virginia Coal Association, Virginia Mining Association, Appalachian Power Co., Dominion Energy and Old Dominion Electric Cooperative & the Electric Cooperatives of Virginia.
Glen Besa, state director of Sierra Club, said Virginians subsidize the coal industry each year though $45 million in tax credits and through health care and environmental costs. He said the General Assembly is considering legislation, which he said would further subsidize the industry by creating a loophole in Virginia's clean water laws for coal mine operations.
| February 1, 2011; 8:00 AM ET
Categories: Anita Kumar, Robert F. McDonnell
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