Some placards read, "We Support WV Coal" and "Got Light? Thank a Coal Miner."
Diann Kish -- the granddaughter, daughter, wife, and mother of coal miners said: "We are very proud to be coal miners. We've got to stand up now."
Acting Senate President Jeffrey Kessler, D-Marshall, said the Senate unanimously passed a resolution asking the EPA to reconsider its decision revoking the permit.
"Mining in West Virginia can be done in a safe, efficient and environmentally friendly manner," Kessler said. "And it will."
House Speaker Rick Thompson, D-Wayne, said, "I am the son of a coal miner and a lifelong resident of a region that owes everything to this industry. ...
"The coal industry is willing to play by the rules. But we need to know what they are."
Senate Minority Leader Mike Hall, R-Putnam, said, "This is a bipartisan issue. We need to call upon the president. He is the one who put these [EPA] people there.
"Don't let this radical environmental philosophy destroy West Virginia."
House Minority Leader Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, said, "This is not a Republican issue. It is not a Democratic issue. This is a West Virginia issue."
Supporting statements were sent from Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.; Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va.; Reps. Shelley Moore Capito and David McKinley, both R-W.Va.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said, "The hardest working, best people in America are coal miners ....
"I wrote a letter to all of my 534 colleagues in the Senate and the House," Manchin said. "Unless you rise up and join me [in opposing the permit revocation], it will happen to you tomorrow."
Roger Horton, a United Mine Workers leader from Logan County, said, "We need coal to supply our energy needs now. And we will need coal way into the future."
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