Coal and Water News

Climate change pushes LG&E's parent company to slash coal-burning in Kentucky

February 7, 2018
The Courier-Journal

The parent of Kentucky's two large utilities – LG&E and KU – has ordered a major reduction in emissions blamed for global warming by eliminating "the bulk" of its coal-burning in the coming years. 

Against energy subsidies? Lawmakers complaining about solar should dig into this.

February 9, 2018
Lexington Herald Leader

If legislators want to complain about solar subsidies, maybe they need to take a fresh look at coal subsidies. Commission an independent economist to add up all the costs and benefits to the state budget of coal, gas, oil, solar and other energy technologies and compare them. If we’re going to subsidize anything, maybe it should be the future and not the past.

Members speak out to protect climate, clean energy jobs

December 11, 2017 at 12:13pm

In the final week of November, KFTC members Russell Oliver, Stanley Sturgill, Henry Jackson, Teri Blanton, Roger Ohlman, Mary Dan Easley and Mary Love converged in Charleston, West Virginia – alongside hundreds of other concerned people – to testify to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) against the agency’s proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan.

“Now that we have cleaner, safer and cheaper ways to generate energy, the only question should be: how can we create more of those new jobs right here and right now in Appalachia? I know this because not only have I lived it, I’m still trying my best to keep living it,” said Stanley Sturgill of Harlan County, a retired coal miner and KFTC member.

Waking up to the boom in cheaper natural gas

September 14, 2017
The Courier-Journal

Moving away from natural gas might sound radical, but it’s not unrealistic – and there are promising ways to work toward that goal in Kentucky.

It Took This Coal Miner 14 Years to Secure Black Lung Benefits. How Come?

September 7, 2017
Inside Climate News

RETIRED COAL MINER BETHEL BROCK had to fight for 14 years to win his federal black lung claim. One may think that Mr. Brock's legal fight is rare, but it is not. His story is common among Appalachian coal miners.

Don’t hide from science. People near mines are dying; we need to know why

August 25, 2017
The Courier-Journal

People in Appalachian Kentucky are dying at rates significantly higher than national averages.

We need to better understand why, through scientific research, to begin curing the health crises in the region. 

A Day in the Belly of the Beast

August 23, 2017 at 02:49am
President Trump has stopped a federal study looking at the relationship between strip mining and human health. Despite that, a planned hearing took place in Hazard on August 21 and in Lexington on August 22. Jeff Chapman-Crane read the following that he and Sharman, his wife, had written together.

Why Black Lung Disease Is Deadlier Than Ever Before

May 16, 2017
Smithsonian Magazine

More than 76,000 miners have died from black lung disease since 1968, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor. And now there's a resurgence of this deadly disease that should have been wiped out decades ago.

Stanley Sturgill talks of MTR mining consequences and moving to a Just Transition

June 16, 2017 at 02:06pm

Harlan County member Stanley Sturgill helped a ranking member of the U.S.

KFTC members speak out at hearing on mountaintop removal

June 14, 2017 at 01:19pm

On June 10, several members of KFTC went to Virginia for a congressional committee hearing on mountaintop removal in Virginia. This was a public forum with Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Arizona), the ranking Democratic member of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources. Rep. Grijalva was interested in hearing about the current and legacy impacts of mountaintop removal, including health impacts, and recent decisions by the Trump administration and Congress to take away stream protections and weaken environmental safeguards.