Gilley added that there may be some discussion and analysis of water quality impacts of mining, or of the effects of blasting on communities near mountaintop mines.
The panel may also visit some mountaintop removal mines, and hold public hearings so various interest groups can voice their opinions.
Underwood's executive order creating the task force, signed June 10, instructed members to:
Study the effective of mountaintop removal and related mining practices on the environment, the economy and the citizens of the state.
Seek the advice and recommendation of interested and vested constituency groups in the form of white papers submitted to the task force to help it formulate its findings.
Issue a report of their findings to the governor by Dec. 1.
The group's first meeting will be 1 p.m. in the governor's conference room, near the secretary of state's office at the Capitol.To contact staff writer Ken Ward Jr., call 348-1702