Kessler and Miley also acknowledged the national delegation's work in expressing concerns to the EPA and administration.
Miley said both hear from the national delegation, but the purpose of this trip is to make the EPA and the administration "realize that this could have a very real and damaging effect on the people that we represent."
There was little discussion of specific EPA regulations, rules or policies during Wednesday's announcement. Those who spoke mentioned the agency or the president's climate policy in vague terms, but emphasized they believe both have the potential to harm the coal industry and the state as a whole.
After the meeting, Kessler and Miley said timetables for coal companies to meet standards-Kessler specifically mentioned air quality standards-posses a threat for coal companies. Both believe the president's energy policy focuses too much on eliminating coal and too little on other energy sources.
They said -- and others echoed the sentiments Wednesday -- the EPA and the president's administration don't give enough credit to the role coal played in the past and continues to play in today's economy.
Puccio emphasized he's focused on creating better communications with the EPA and the administration.
"I let experts do experts' jobs, and I am not an expert when it comes to the EPA or regulations. So once again, I want to continue to work on better communication to allow them to know the needs of the people of West Virginia," he said.
Several associations joined the Democrats at Wednesday's press conference. United Mine Workers member and Marion County Delegate Mike Caputo spoke on behalf of the union's concerns with regulations.
West Virginia Coal Association Executive Director Bill Raney and West Virginia Chamber of Commerce President Steve Roberts each said they thought the delegation had a better chance of connecting with the administration because both are Democrats.
Miley said he rejects any comparison between West Virginia Democrats and national Democrats, because state Democrats support the coal industry and oppose the president's energy policy.
"But if a group from West Virginia that is from the same political party that the president hails from makes him realize that we do not, in any way, support his energy policy, that might have an affect on causing the EPA to loosen up their restrictions and the conditions they've imposed on the coal industry," Miley said.
"We can only hope."
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin did not attend the event, but issued a press release later in the day admonishing the president's proposal for new EPA carbon regulations.
In his June speech, Obama said cutting carbon emissions is part of a three-step plan to help the environment. He also pledged up to $8 million in loan guarantee authority for states to invest in more efficient technologies at fossil fuel facilities.