Not good for coal country

Dear Editor,

Recently I read about a Houston, Texas-based company wanting to open a natural-gas-fired power plant in the Harrison County Industrial Park. While on the surface, this may seem like a good deal for the area, as you dig deeper and look at the large scale implications, this project will have a long-term negative impact on the region’s already beleaguered coal miners.

While it is true that EmberClear will create initial construction jobs, I must emphasize that this facility will add only 30 permanent jobs into Harrison County. In addition, the coal industry, which has been the backbone of our economy, will unquestionably be negatively impacted by this facility. Coal miners and their families have been suffering as a result of the over-burdensome regulations placed on their industry and the sweetheart deals given to the renewable energy market.

Coal is still the cheapest and most efficient way for our energy needs to be met here in the state of Ohio. We must do all that we can to promote, protect and most importantly insure that our coal miners will have good paying jobs for decades to come. Out-of-state companies moving in and taking advantage of a situation will only hurt the viability of our region to provide the best energy option we have, coal.

Ken Johnson

The Ohio Valley Jobs Alliance

East Liverpool