FACES of Coal Expresses Sadness and Appreciation in the Passing of Legendary West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd

Jun 28, 2010, 11:33 ET from FACES of Coal

CHARLESTON, W.Va., June 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Robert C. Byrd, 92, a West Virginia Democrat who became the longest-serving member of Congress in history and used his knowledge of the institution to shape the federal budget, protect the procedural rules of the Senate and, above all else, tend to the interests of West Virginia, died at 3 a.m. Monday at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Northern Virginia. Bryan Brown, West Virginia coordinator of FACES of Coal, released the following statement concerning Senator Byrd's passing.

"Senator Byrd was a tireless worker for the people of West Virginia, and his contributions to our great state and this country are truly inspirational. He was a man who was raised in the coal fields and was a tireless worker in trying to make miners safer, often asking the country to appreciate West Virginia's greatest natural resources, coal and the coal miner. The news of Senator Byrd's passing brings sadness to all West Virginians. The Senator's service to this great state and our nation will always be appreciated and remembered."

The Federation for American Coal, Energy and Security (FACES of Coal) is an alliance of more than 60,000 people from all walks of life who are joining forces to educate lawmakers and the general public about the importance of coal and coal mining to our local and national economies and to our nation's energy security. In addition to keeping tens of thousands of people employed in good-paying jobs, coal is the lifeblood of our domestic energy supply, generating nearly half the electricity consumed in the United States today.