CHARLESTON – Senate President Bill Cole, R-Mercer, issued the following statement today regarding the layoff of nearly 900 employees of Alpha Natural Resources throughout Raleigh and Boone counties:
"Once again, our families in the southern coal mining counties have had to experience first hand the hurt that comes from President Obama's war on coal. This President's policies on the coal industry continue to put West Virginia on the losing end, and hard-working West Virginians out of a job. We are working hard to support our coal miners and create a landscape for economic growth that will bring new jobs. We must train our displaced coal miners for these opportunities. My heart goes out to the displaced Alpha employees, their families, and the affected communities."