In August, Governor Justice appointed the former and current heads of the Coal Association to prominent positions: to the Public Service Commission (PSC) and Public Energy Authority (PEA). The PSC regulates how our electric utilities work, among other things, and the PEA is a formerly-defunct body that has the power to use public money to buy energy infrastructure, including power plants. Stacking these organizations with industry leaders is a disservice to the public and erodes confidence in their ability to act in the public’s interest. The PEA is supposed to have an environmental advocate on it, but they appointed a coal lawyer, Jeffery Allen, to that position, too; and also appointed an oil and gas lobbyist, Charlie Burd.
All appointments to the PSC and PEA must receive the advice and consent of the Senate, before the appointments are confirmed. In some cases, the Senate Confirmations Committee will bring the appointees to testify and answer questions before confirmation, but no such meeting has been scheduled as of today.
Please contact the members of the Confirmations Committee and ask them to:
It is important the Confirmations Committee hears from concerned citizens AKA the Public. Thank you!
Members of the Senate Confirmations Committee:
Senator Boley – Chair (304) 357-7905 firstname.lastname@example.org