March 29, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin Host Screening of "Coal" Production

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.) today will bring the story of West Virginia coal miners to the U.S. Capitol when they host the premiere of the documentary series “Coal,” which has been praised as an accurate and moving portrayal of what life working in a West Virginia mine.

“I am honored to be able to introduce the gritty reality of mining to my colleagues here in Washington. Our nation thrives on the energy provided by coal and this film documents an intimate and accurate view of working in a coal mine, as many West Virginians do,” Senator Rockefeller said. “The work that these miners do is dangerous, dirty, physically demanding and sometimes frustrating, but always an absolutely essential part of providing the coal that builds and powers this nation. It is my hope that those who do not know much about coal mining will come away from this event with a new and greater appreciation for the industry and the men and women who make it possible.”

“Coal miners are the backbone of this country. For the last century, they have provided the energy that has protected this country and kept us safe and free. They’ve provided the energy that makes our steel and runs our factories, which have built our country into the greatest industrial power in the world and helped create the middle class as we know it today,” Senator Manchin said. “Coal miners are dedicated, hardworking, and smart, and they are some of the most patriotic individuals I have ever met. I have had the tremendous honor to stand side-by-side with these brave men and women in both good times and bad.

“We are approaching the one-year anniversary of the Upper Big Branch explosion that took 29 miners’ lives last April, and I welcome this opportunity to show America what miners go through on daily basis to provide this country our energy. I also want to express my thanks to Senator Rockefeller for organizing this showing.” 

What:             Screening of the documentary series “Coal”

When:             TODAY, Tuesday, March 29

                        5 to 6:30 p.m.

Where:           Capitol Visitors Center, Room 212

Who:               All are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to