PSC Holds Public Meeting on LG&E Cane Run Proposal Tomorrow

The Kentucky Public Service Commission will hold a meeting tomorrow to allow the public to weigh in on a proposal by Louisville Gas and Electric. The utility is asking the commission to approve a plan to convert the coal-fired Cane Run Power Station to natural gas. LG&E wants to reconfigure the Cane Run power plant… Continue reading PSC Holds Public Meeting on LG&E Cane Run Proposal Tomorrow

Amendment Ruins Tennessee Bill to Ban Mountaintop Removal, Sponsor Says

A measure in the Tennessee Senate to ban mountaintop removal coal mining in the state has hit a roadblock. The original Tennessee Scenic Vistas Protection Act would have prohibited new mining permits from removing the ridgelines of mountains above 2,000 feet. But an amendment has changed the intent of the bill, and the bill’s lead… Continue reading Amendment Ruins Tennessee Bill to Ban Mountaintop Removal, Sponsor Says

MSHA’s Internal Review of Handling of Upper Big Branch Due This Week

The Mine Safety and Health Administration will release its internal review this week into the agency’s actions leading up to and during the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster. It’s MSHA’s policy to conduct an internal review after every accident that has three or more fatalities. Twenty-nine coal miners were killed nearly two years ago during… Continue reading MSHA’s Internal Review of Handling of Upper Big Branch Due This Week

Beshear Administration Appoints New Mine Safety Director

By the Associated Press The head spot in the state’s Office of Mine Safety and Licensing has been vacant for two months, since then-director Johnny Greene retired at the end of last year. Now, Energy and Environment Cabinet secretary Len Peters has appointed Freddie Lewis to fill the role. Lewis previously worked for nine years… Continue reading Beshear Administration Appoints New Mine Safety Director

MSHA Cites Four Kentucky Mines in January Impact Inspections

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has cited four Kentucky coal mines for safety violations. The mines were among 16 nationwide with a history of compliance problems targeted in MSHA’s special impact inspections. The mines cited were Exel Mining’s Van Lear Mine in Martin County, Perry County Coal’s E4-1 Mine and two Harlan County… Continue reading MSHA Cites Four Kentucky Mines in January Impact Inspections

LG&E Faces Resistance From Neighbors, Geology on Proposed Trimble County Ash Landfill

Louisville Gas and Electric is meeting resistance from residents and the state Division of Waste Management over a proposed coal ash landfill near its Trimble County power station. The company already stores ash—which is the waste that’s leftover after coal is burned—in landfills and ponds at its Mill Creek and Cane Run power plants in… Continue reading LG&E Faces Resistance From Neighbors, Geology on Proposed Trimble County Ash Landfill

PSC Sets Date for Public to Comment on LG&E Coal to Gas Proposal

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has set a public meeting for Louisville residents to weigh in on a proposed switch from coal to natural gas at the Cane Run Power Station. In September, Louisville Gas and Electric announced that it was planning to retire its coal-fired Cane Run Power Plant and replace it with a… Continue reading PSC Sets Date for Public to Comment on LG&E Coal to Gas Proposal

Indiana Coal Gasification Plant Wins Regulatory Approval

From the Associated Press Indiana regulators have approved plans for a $2.65 billion coal gasification plant at the Ohio River city of Rockport and a state agency’s 30-year contract to buy its synthetic natural gas. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission endorsed the plan that Gov. Mitch Daniels has promoted as locking in low rates for… Continue reading Indiana Coal Gasification Plant Wins Regulatory Approval

Coal Miner Dies Two Weeks After Accident; Death is Kentucky’s Fourth in Three Weeks

A Harlan County coal miner has died from injuries he sustained weeks ago in a surface mining accident. Twenty-eight-year-old David Middleton died in a hospital yesterday. Middleton of Baxter was injured two weeks ago when a bulldozer he was driving overturned on a Harlan County surface mine. Middleton was working to reclaim the Mill Branch… Continue reading Coal Miner Dies Two Weeks After Accident; Death is Kentucky’s Fourth in Three Weeks

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… Continue reading Mayoral Race in Eastern Kentucky Could Alter City’s Fight Against Surface Mining