Consol forced to lay off workers as EPA holds up permits
More economic and social damage being wrought by the EPA’s continuing war on coal. Consol Energy, Inc. is being forced to lay off 145 workers and cease much needed infrastructure work in Mingo County West Virginia as chronic EPA inaction on permits has forced the company to stop mining. While state level permits on the project have already been approved, federal stalling is keeping the project from moving forward.
“I am incensed and infuriated that the EPA would intentionally delay the needed permit for a public-private project that would bring so many good jobs and valuable infrastructure to communities that so desperately need them,” said U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, who helped launch the project while Tomblin’s predecessor as governor. “The EPA has lost court case after court case for its overreach, and it should be using better judgment by now.”