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 down the middle of the mountain, and it’s obvious where one state ends and the other begins: the Virginia side of the mountain has been surface mined, while the Kentucky side is still untouched.

Some in Lynch are fighting to keep it that way. They’re concerned about the town’s drinking water, which comes off the mountain. [click to continue…]

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Paul Releases Statement on Ohio County Surface Mine Accident

by admin October 28, 2011

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 […]

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More Federal Oversight of Surface Mines Proposed

by kespeland November 20, 2009

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.

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EPA Orders Environmental Review of Mine Permits

by kespeland September 11, 2009

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.

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EPA Signs Off On Mountaintop Removal Rule

by kespeland December 3, 2008

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.

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