coal mining

Beshear Returns From Washington, Says Environmental Regulation Is “Balancing Act”

by Gabe Bullard March 1, 2011

Weeks after calling for the federal government to get off the state’s back when it comes to coal regulation, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear had the chance to discuss the issue with the White House.

Beshear returned this week from a meeting with other governors and the president. He says he talked with cabinet members about his frustrations with environmental restrictions on the coal industry.

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Upper Big Branch Mine Security Chief Indicted

by Gabe Bullard February 28, 2011

The first indictment has been issued in a criminal probe into last year’s explosion at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch Mine that left 29 coal miners dead.

The mine’s Chief of Security Hughie Stover has been accused of lying to investigators and trying to destroy mine records.

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One Week After Protest, Fights Against Mountaintop Removal, EPA Continue

by Gabe Bullard February 21, 2011

It’s been one week since a group of protesters ended their sit-in at Governor Steve Beshear’s office. A group of 14 protesters spent the weekend in Beshear’s office protesting the surface mining technique commonly called Mountaintop Removal. The sit-in ended with the annual I Love Mountains Day rally in Frankfort on the 14th.

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“I Love Mountains” March Follows Sit-In In Frankfort

by Sheila Ash February 13, 2011

Last Friday, a group of mountaintop removal demonstrators staged a sit-in at Governor Steve Beshear’s office. Many of them remain in the office and will join the march.

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Mountaintop Removal Protesters Sit In At Governor’s Office

by Graham Shelby February 11, 2011

Author Wendell Berry is one of a group of protesters staging a sit-in in the office of Governor Beshear at this hour. The group is demanding a meeting with the governor to discuss ending the practice of mountaintop removal mining and creating a new economic model for Kentucky.

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Judge Throws Out Suit Blaming Safety Officials For Coal Mine Fire Deaths

by Gabe Bullard February 9, 2011

A federal judge has determined that the widows of two men who died in a mine fire in West Virginia five years ago cannot hold federal mine inspectors responsible.

The ruling comes in spite of an internal review that found the inspectors culpable.

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Mine Safety Campaign Unveiled

by tcveigh September 13, 2010

Since 1890, more than seven thousand miners have lost their lives in Kentucky coal mines. But in recent decades, because of mine safety improvements, mining deaths have been on the decline. So far this year, five Kentucky miners have been killed. Energy and Environment Secretary Len Peters wants to see that number drop to zero.

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"I Love Mountains Rally" Held In Frankfort

by Rick Howlett February 11, 2010

Thanks to Stu Johnson, Kentucky Public Radio/WEKU, Richmond The coal mining process commonly known as mountaintop removal was again the focus of a rally Thursday outside the Kentucky state Capitol building. The annual “I Love Mountains Rally” is sponsored by the advocacy group Kentuckians for the Commonwealth. It says the practice is destroying the environment […]

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