This week, U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette toured Norfolk Southern’s Lambert’s Point Coal Terminal in Norfolk, Virginia, and met with Norfolk Southern employees. Lambert’s Point is a major coal export hub, as more than one-third of America’s coal exports leave from the site. During the visit, Brouillette highlighted the importance of coal in America’s energy future, both as a reliable source of continuous power and a key component of American energy trade.

“Coal exports advance our national security by enhancing our bilateral relationships with other nations, and I’m grateful for Lamberts Point for playing a key role in that effort,” Brouillette said. “Coal has an important place in America’s energy future, and DOE is committed to the future of the U.S. coal industry. We are working to keep it competitive both domestically and globally.”

The visit follows his recent trip to Colstrip, Montana, where he also voiced support for America’s coal industry.