The Future of Coal is Changing
The Metallurgical Coal Producers Association will usher in a new perspective on the identity and future of the coal industry.
While coal has traditionally been understood through the thermal coal lens of power plants and light bulbs, we seek to expand the general public’s understanding of metallurgical (met) coal and its critical benefit to our everyday lives. Bridges, automobiles, and common products like kitchen appliances are made possible by metallurgical coal. By looking at coal through another lens and helping to create a link between metallurgical coal and its many end uses, we hope to broaden the understanding of how coal powers our lives. That is the reason for the new association – to usher in a new perspective of our future.
Our Emphasis is on Metallurgical Coal
The Metallurgical Coal Producers Association will focus its advocacy efforts on issues specifically related to metallurgical coal production, which reflects the shift that has occurred with its members and their operating strategies.
The four producing members who started this effort have all shifted their operations away from the production of thermal coal, which is used to generate electricity, and more toward metallurgical coal, which is used to make steel. Prior to this organization’s establishment, there was no association or group focused solely on metallurgical coal. While the MPCA members remain committed to working with our industry friends in advancing the good of the entire coal industry—both thermal and metallurgical alike—we see value in creating an outlet to focus directly on issues related to metallurgical coal production and advocating for the future that reflects the collective direction of the founding producers’ operational philosophy.
Our Region is Our Collective Strength
The new association will leverage the collective strengths of our region.
Focusing on metallurgical coal production was only one reason for the creation of the association. We also wanted to focus on our regional presence and combine forces to advance our collective interests. The Metallurgical Coal Producers Association was created out of the Virginia Coal and Energy Alliance, given a new name, and expanded into West Virginia. As our membership grows, our regional presence will reflect the expanded enterprise of our participating companies. Our producers have a large operational footprint in Central Appalachia and, therefore, this association will promote and seek to expand the opportunities we have here.
David Stetson, Chairman (CEO of Contura Energy)
Bob Cline, Vice Chairman (VP of Coronado Coal LLC)
J.P. Richardson, Treasurer (VP of United Coal Company LLC)
B.J. Sturgill, Secretary (SVP, General Counsel and Secretary of RAMACO Resources, Inc.)
Paul Konstanty, Assistant Secretary (VP and General Counsel of United Coal Company LLC)
Harry Childress, President
Barbara Altizer, Executive Director of Education and Outreach
Ben Beakes, Executive Director of West Virginia Affairs
Clark Lewis, Government Affairs – Virginia
Brooks Smith, Environmental Affairs – Virginia and West Virginia