LG&E, Kentucky Utilities To Replace Three Coal Plants With Natural Gas

One of Louisville’s two coal-fired power plants will be taken offline in the next five years. By 2016, Cane Run Power Station will be replaced by natural gas—a fuel that’s cleaner than conventional coal. Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities will retire the Cane Run plant in southwest Louisville, as well as two other […]

Coal Sponsorship at Football Game Upsets Environmental Groups

by Josh James, Kentucky Public Radio A decision to allow Friends of Coal to sponsor the University of Kentucky-University of Louisville football game this Saturday isn’t sitting well with some environmental groups. Friends of Coal and the Kentucky Coal Association have paid $85,000 to put their name on three athletic events this year—the Cats-Cards this […]

EPA Wraps Up Tour of Eastern Kentucky Amid Coal Industry Criticism

Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency were in eastern Kentucky last week to meet with residents of four communities affected by coal mining. But as those residents shared their stories and concerns, the coal industry criticized the trip as one-sided and anti-coal. There were nine EPA officials on the tour, including Region 4 Administrator Gwen […]

Poll Shows Public Opinion in Appalachia Against Mountaintop Removal

A new poll shows significant opposition to mountaintop removal coal mining in Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee and Virginia. Both Democratic and conservative polling firms conducted the survey, which polled about 1,300 likely voters in the four states. The results show that those polled—even Republicans and Tea Party members—support enforcing and even increasing Clean Water Act […]

Kentucky Coal Industry Calls New EPA Guidance ‘Overreaching’

After two years, the federal government has released new guidelines for surface coal mines. In 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it would increase scrutiny on a number of mountaintop removal permits in Appalachia and  would release guidelines for future permits. Those guidelines were released last week. Mine operators will now find it much harder […]

‘Cooperation’ Key to Bell County Mine Rescue

Last week, heavy rainfall downed trees and power lines across the state. It also flooded a coal mine in southeastern Kentucky, trapping three men underground. Early last Monday morning James River Coal’s Jellico #1 Mine was nearly empty. It was between shifts, and the only people in the mine were three men doing maintenance work. […]