Norm Steenstra, lead lobbyist for the West Virginia Environmental Council, said his organization was not asked by the governor's office to have a representative serve on the new panel.
"I think we're totally out of their loop," Steenstra said.
"What the governor is trying to do is somehow project the image that mountaintop removal is fixed and nothing the governor will do is going to fix mountaintop removal," Steenstra said.
Page said that the new group is not a repeat of the task force process. The task force came up with broad ideas on mountaintop removal, Page said, while the new group will actually write legislation.
"People have asked why the governor didn't have a bill and what the governor is doing," Page said. "This is what the governor is doing."
At least one bill to repeal last year's mining mitigation law has been introduced in the state Senate, but Underwood has said he does not support doing away with the entire bill.
Underwood has not publicly supported any of the bills proposed by a legislative interim committee, including one that would expand from 300 feet to 1,000 feet the buffer zone between active surface mines and occupied dwellings.
Page said he did not know who has been and has not been asked to serve on the new panel.