A local group calling itself Concerned Citizens United is holding a rally at the Rocky Grove Fire Hall in Franklin this weekend, aimed at what they are calling a war on coal.
"Our industry is Joy Global, and we depend on the coal industry, naturally, and we decided, we need to tell people what is happening."
Group member Carol Murley tells Forever Broadcasting EPA regulations under the current administration have been crippling to the coal industry.
"The current administration, with Obama, said in 2008, when he was a candidate, 'you can build your coal generator plants, but I will bankrupt you, and your utilities will skyrocket.' And I'm telling you, you haven't seen anything until you see your electric bill in 2013."
The rally to stop the war on coal will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday with a 30-minute documentary, War on Coal.
Representatives Scott Hutchinson and Glenn Thompson, member of the Congressional Coal Caucus, along with Candidate for State Representative, R. Lee James, have agreed to attend and will be available to answer questions about what can be done legislatively to stop the war on coal.
The rally comes amid ongoing layoffs at Joy Manufacturing, Venango County’s largest public sector employer and a major manufacturer of coal mining equipment.
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Listen to Carol Murley, speaking about the rally with Forever News Director Andy Alm.