Mayoral Race in Eastern Kentucky Could Alter City’s Fight Against Surface Mining

Newly-re-elected Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has promised to be friendly to the coal industry. But another, smaller election may have more immediate implications: this week voters elected a new mayor in the Harlan County town of Lynch. Lynch sits at the foot of Black Mountain, the highest point in Kentucky. The Kentucky-Virginia state line runs […]

East Kentucky Mayor Alleges County-Level Threats Over Opposition to Mining

The mayor of a small eastern Kentucky town says a Harlan County executive is threatening to withhold money unless the town compromises with coal companies hoping to open mountaintop removal operations in the area. Taylor Hall has been the mayor of Lynch, Kentucky for less than a month, but he inherited some big problems. The […]