The Associated Press reports that Galbraith says the practice has caused “unsurpassed environmental damage damage” in Appalachia and that it should not be allowed.
Galbraith is the only candidate for governor to speak out against mountaintop removal.
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.
The group, known as Kentucky Rising, occupied the governor’s office from Friday morning through Monday morning to protest Beshear’s support for the mining process commonly called mountaintop removal.
Many of the 14 protesters who spent the weekend in Governor Steve Beshear’s office left their sit-in today to join the annual “I Love Mountains Day” rally.
The sit-in began Friday as an effort to convince Governor Steve Beshear to change his stance on the surface mining technique commonly called mountaintop removal, which can leave streams clogged and polluted.
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.
Around 20 members of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth began a sit-in protest this morning in the lobby of the governor’s office. They said they wouldn’t leave unless they got an audience with Governor Beshear. Beshear initially said his schedule wouldn’t permit it, but finally emerged and fielded questions for about 30 minutes. The group wants an end to surface mining in Kentucky, but Beshear says he cannot support that.
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.
A Frankfort judge is blocking a legislative raid on workers’ compensation funds earmarked for injured Kentucky coal miners. Kentucky lawmakers this year transferred almost $2 million from the Workers’ Compensation Fund for injured coal miners, to the Office of Mine Safety and Licensing.
On the back of a major change in mountaintop coal mining rules, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency has released a scientific study of the impacts of the practice on water quality.
The federal Office of Surface Mining has announced its proposals for strengthening oversight of strip mining to protect the environment in Appalachian coal states. One proposal is to conduct so-called “independent” inspections of state-permitted mines.