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… Continue reading Mayoral Race in Eastern Kentucky Could Alter City’s Fight Against Surface Mining
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… Continue reading Paul Releases Statement on Ohio County Surface Mine Accident
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.
The coal mining industry is bemoaning a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announcement that it will seek an enhanced environmental review of 79 surface mining permit applications. Most of the projects are in Kentucky.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has signed off on a controversial rule concerning mountaintop removal mining. The new rule would allow mining companies to place mining debris in streams.