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Coal Fest Brings Miners Together

Reported by: Send eMail Sean DeLancey
Reported: Jun. 17, 2014 10:39 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 17, 2014 10:52 PM EDT
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Madison , Boone County , West Virginia

The annual Coal Festival In Boone County opened today, bringing miners together to celebrate their livelihood.

The festival comes on the heels of a controversial EPA decision to further limit carbon emissions from coal fired plants by 30% over the next 15 years.

Delores Cook, Vice President of the West Virginia Coal Festival, said the festival is an opportunity for miners to voice their opinions and protect their jobs.

"Coal is Boone County," Cook said, "That's our way of life here and we're like a family. People look after one another."

The EPA says the regulations are put in place to help prevent global warming and protect future generations from the effects of climate change.

Cook said the EPA's regulations are dangerous to the country, and especially dangerous to the economy in Boone County. She said the festival is about having fun and keeping their heads up, though.

"We have to remain positive. If we go around with our heads hung down and talking negative all the time we aren't going to succeed," Cook said.

The festival continues through Sunday. Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. organizers will have a memorial presentation for all miners who died in accidents this year.



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