Below is a photo posted live at the event by Rick Lee of On Location With Rick Lee. Pictured from left to right are Will Stewart, Bill Gardner, Bob Coffield, Rick Lee and Stacey Abshire.
It was a bright spot in a day that was very somber for many West Virginians. A day that will be remembered by many West Virginians for years to come. Rick's photo tells the story better than any words. Some people in West Virginia got the first run of the Charleston Gazette and others got the second run.
Thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the miners who lost their life and the citizens of Upshur County. Also a thanks to all West Virginian miners past and present that help to make the electricity that you and I take for granted. Everytime you turn on your computer remember where that power came from -- probably a miner in the United States.
Some interesting coal facts from the West Virginia Office of Miners', Health, Safety and Training.
- More than half of the nation's electricity is generated from coal.
- In West Virginia 99% of the generated electricity comes from coal.
- Coal provides the majority of electric power in 32 states.
- In the United States, the demand for electricity has increased 136% since 1970.
- National demand for electricity is expected to increase by another 24 percent by 2020.
- It has been estimated that 13 percent of the national power requirement is taken up by activities associated with computers and information technology.
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