Drilling has begun in western Kentucky on a new well that will test the feasibility of storing carbon dioxide deep underground. It’s still no sure-fire way to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
Some members of Congress are revisiting a familiar front in the battle over mountaintop removal coal mining. They have re-introduced House legislation that would restrict mining companies from dumping material left over from blasting off the tops of mountains in waterways.
Activists with Kentuckians for the Commonwealth are once again promoting legislation that would prohibit mining companies from dumping waste from mountaintop removal mining in nearby streams.
Mountaintop removal coal mining companies have won some important battles over the past months. That includes a recent finding by a panel of federal judges that will pave the way for a number of new mining permits.
The president of the University of Kentucky says UK continues to conduct research aimed at making coal a viable part of the state’s economy and the nation’s future.
Activists chained themselves to a bulldozer and excavator at Massey Energy’s Coal River Mountain site this morning. They want Massey to stop plans to blast the mountain for coal and make the site into a wind farm instead. The protestors are worried that blasting could compromise a nearby coal sludge impoundment dam. From the Ohio… Continue reading 14 Arrested at W. VA Mountaintop Removal Site
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.
The Environmental Protection Agency may be close to finalizing a rule that would allow coal-fired power plants to forgo pollution controls if they expand their operations.
The so-called “bail out” bill may not seem to be having major effects on the financial markets. But it is stirring excitement among renewable energy advocates. WFPL’s Kristin Espeland has the story.
Proponents say IGCC plants are cleaner than traditional plants because they don’t emit harmful pollutants during combustion. And that means the plant could make more use of Indiana coal, which is higher in sulfur than coal from western states.