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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

$2 Million Grant to Help Displaced Coal and Power Plant Workers in Ohio Train for Jobs in Shale Industry

From The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register:
Any displaced coal miners or power plant workers who worked in Ohio may be eligible for retraining to work in the Marcellus and Utica shale industry, thanks to a $ 2 million grant from the Obama administration.

Even as the administration's Clean Power Plan, Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, and Stream Protection Rule continue threatening coal industry jobs, the $ 2 million grant to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will allow out-of-work coal miners to receive new training to work in the oil and natural gas industry. 
The cumulative $ 14.5 million worth of grants totals what the administration calls a "down payment" on a proposed $ 10 billion stimulus plan for areas impacted by coal industry related job losses. The funding is part of the administration's Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization Initiative.
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