Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (PA-18) is joining the greater SWPA coal community in a press event on Monday, October 28th at 11:00AM in the courtyard of the Allegheny County Courthouse, downtown Pittsburgh. Joining Murphy will be John Pippy, President of the PA Coal Alliance and Ray Ventrone, Business Manager of the Boilermakers Local 154, along with building tradesmen, coal miners, and leaders in the coal industry.
The Monday event will kick off a caravan of buses headed to Washington, DC for a rally and congressional hearing in the nation's capital the following day.
On Tuesday, Murphy is slated to address thousands of miners, tradesmen, and workers in the coal sector at a "Rally for American Energy Jobs" on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol (click here for more info on the rally).
After the rally, Chairman Murphy will convene an Oversight Subcommittee hearing at 1PM in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building entitled "EPA's Regulatory Threat to Affordable, Reliable Energy: The Perspective of Coal Communities". Both Pippy and Ventrone will be testifying at the Tuesday hearing.
"Coal is part of the fabric of Southwestern Pennsylvania. The EPA's ongoing "War on Coal' has taken a toll not just on the livelihood of all our local miners, electricians, welders, and boilermakers, but also the prosperity of our Southwestern PA communities. Congress will hear how families and local towns are impacted when a plant shuts down, electricity rates spike, or a mine is shuttered because of overreaching federal regulations," said Murphy.
Last week marked the permanent closure of the Mitchell and Hatfield's Ferry coal-fueled power plants -- and the loss of 380 jobs -- in Washington and Greene counties. Despite having invested half-a-billion dollars to upgrade Hatfield's Ferry to be one of the cleanest coal plants in the country, the plant owner cited the new EPA regulations set to take effect in 2016 as too costly to keep the electricity-generating facility operational.