Today, U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) participated in an Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing titled "EPA's Appalachian Energy Permitorium: Job Killer or Job Creator?" At the hearing, John M. Stilley, president of Butler-based Amerikohl Mining, Inc., was among several witnesses testifying that energy production and job creation in Appalachian states are being choked by a "permitorium" at the hands of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other agencies.
Mr. Stilley told the committee that the coal industry was a major job creator and economic contributor to the Commonwealth, contributing some $7 billion in total economic benefit and employing 41,500 workers. "Frankly, EPA's heightened scrutiny and overzealous regulation of coal mining in the past two years threaten the future economic viability of our industry," Stilley told the subcommittee.
"John is not only a great businessman and community leader; he's also a true patriot," said Rep. Kelly. "In an effort to help shed light on federal regulations and policies that are harming the coal industry and destroying jobs, John took the time to travel to DC to provide testimony during today's importanthearing. His eloquence and sincerity were noted by my colleagues, and he proved to be a compelling witness to the effects that recent EPA actions have had on the Commonwealth's ability to produce energy for the nation and create jobs that are sorely needed, especially in Northwestern Pennsylvania."