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 […]

Paul Releases Statement on Ohio County Surface Mine Accident

Expressing sympathy to the families, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., issued a statement regarding the mining accident in Ohio County that resulted in the death of two workers. “I would like to offer my condolences to the families of the two miners who were killed this morning in Western Kentucky. I appreciate the dedication of […]

More Federal Oversight of Surface Mines Proposed

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.