Energy CEO and political advocate Don Blankenship will talk to members of West Virginia Universitys newly formed Energy Law Club on Wednesday (Oct. 26) at the College of Law.

His 3:30 p.m. talk in the Lugar Courtroom will help officially launch the club that will look at energy, environmentalism and public policy issues in West Virginia and the region.

Blankenship, 55, is the chairman, chief executive officer and president of Massey Energy Co., West Virginias largest coal production company.

This is an important opportunity to hear the perspective of management in the day-to-day and strategic operations of the energy industry,said Thomas J. ONeill, the clubs vice president and president of the College of Laws Class of 2007.Mr. Blankenships business and political leadership in West Virginia merit the attention and recognition of our students and the community.

That recognition, club president Scott Culbert said, carries over into the political arena. Blankenship last year led the effort to unseat now-former state Supreme Court Justice Warren McGraw, and fronted the ad campaign this past summer that played a role in the defeat of a multibillion-dollar bond issue championed by Gov. Joe Manchin.

And hes currently working to repeal the states sales tax on food.

Don Blankenship is without a doubt one of the most high-profile personalities in West Virginia,Culbert said.