CNN Poll Finds a Majority of Americans Oppose Mountaintop Removal

A poll conducted by CNN of more than 1,000 adult Americans found that 57 percent of them are opposed to the controversial practice of mountaintop removal mining. The cable news network conducted the survey in advance of the premiere of “Battle for Blair Mountain: Working in America,” a documentary produced by Soledad O’Brien. The piece […]

Law Firm Says Inbreeding Skews Data Linking Mountaintop Removal to Birth Defects

Last month, researchers at Washington State University and West Virginia University released a study that found a correlation between mountaintop removal and mining birth defects. A law firm with ties to the National Mining Association has refuted the study’s findings, but in the process, insulted many Appalachians. Inbreeding in Appalachia is one of many stereotypes, […]

Study Links Mountaintop Removal Mining to Birth Defects

A new study says babies born in counties where mountaintop removal mining is done may be more likely to suffer birth defects than babies born in counties with other types of coal mining. According to the study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Research, babies born in counties in Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee […]

Louisville Native’s Film Featured in National Magazine

Louisville native Clara Bingham and environmental lawyer Robert Kennedy Jr. were among those recognized in Vanity Fair’s “Hall of Fame” section this month. Bingham produced the film “The Last Mountain,” which chronicled mountaintop removal in West Virginia’s Coal River Valley, and followed locals and Kennedy as they talked about their work to bring renewable energy […]

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 […]

Kentuckians Among Those Marching to Save West Virginia Mountain

Today marks the beginning of a weeklong march in West Virginia to commemorate the role a mountain played in the fight for unionization in the coalfields. When 10,000 coal miners marched 50 miles across the rugged landscape of southern West Virginia in 1921, they didn’t know they would make history. They tied red bandannas around […]

RFK Jr. Discusses Mountaintop Removal on Comedy Central Show

Environmental activist and president of the Waterkeeper Alliance Robert Kennedy Jr. was on The Colbert Report on Wednesday to discuss mountaintop removal (or, as Colbert calls it, ‘flatland enhancement’) and his new movie The Last Mountain.  The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is coming to Louisville on Sunday June 12 for the […]

Federal Legislation to Expedite EPA Decisions Mirrors Governor’s Stance

Congressman Hal Rogers filed the bill, which is similar to legislation introduced by Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul in their chamber. The lawmakers say the EPA takes too long to approve or deny mining permits, and the delays may be an indirect method of rejecting permits.

Dick Brown with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet says Rogers, Paul, McConnell and Governor Steve Beshear share a common frustration with the EPA.

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

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.