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State Lawmakers Say Alternative Uses For Coal A Must In W.Va.

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West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s energy and environment reporter Brittany Patterson returns to lead a conversation on West Virginia’s struggling coal industry. We’re also joined by senior reporter Dave Mistich and reporter Emily Allen to discuss the latest news from the Capitol.

Part-two of our focus on West Virginia’s major energy sectors focuses on coal.

House Energy Chairman Del. Bill Anderson, R-Wood, and House Energy Committee member Del. Mike Caputo, D-Marion, joins Brittany Patterson on set for a discussion about the resource’s future in the Mountain State.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WC-iFaiOwE

Patterson also brings us a story looking at the state's most state-of-the-art coal-burning power plant.

We'd like to keep the conversation about energy and the environment going. From renewable energy to water quality issues to bills related to coal or gas – what questions do you have?

Visit the link above and your question might be selected as the topic of a news report during this legislative session.

Liz McCormick is WVPB's Eastern Panhandle and education reporter/producer. Liz is a native of Charleston, West Virginia and received her B.A. in Communications from Shepherd University in 2014. The WVPB Eastern Panhandle news bureau is based in Shepherdstown on Shepherd's campus. You can connect with Liz via email at emccormick@wvpublic.org or on Twitter @LizMcCormickWV