Coal and Water News

EPA's duty to limit the Party of Coal

September 8, 2013
Lexington Herald-Leader

The two-party arrangement in Kentucky really has not much to do with Republicans and Democrats. The two parties that actually matter are the Party of Coal and the Party of All Else.

Bruce Stanley Discusses "The Price of Justice"

August 27, 2013 at 01:52pm

We all know money talks, but surely not to the American justice system, right?  Bruce Stanely knows it does, at least in West Virginia where powerful coal baron Don Blankenship, CEO of Massey Energy, bought two West Virginia Supreme Court Justices.  Stanely, presenting the book about his experience, The Price of Justice, told 55 attendees in an overflow crowd at Carmichael’s Book Store Frankfort Ave. about the 14-year struggle he took part in against Massey Energy and its coal baron mastermind Blankenship.  The struggle would result in sabotaged computers, behind the scenes trips to the French Riviera, betrayal by disgruntled lovers, and winning a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.  It’s the sort of intrigue that usually belongs in a Grisham novel—in fact, Grisham has publicly said he wishes he wrote the book. 

Water testing workshop continues to build the case for clean water

August 2, 2013 at 03:29pm

July water workshopOver the past two months, members from around eastern Kentucky have gathered for workshops in Harlan and Floyd Counties, where they learned the basics of water testing, gained hands-on experience by testing water in nearby streams, and learned how our health is tied the health of our water.

Jefferson County Birthday Bash

July 18, 2013 at 04:43pm


Social justice, democracy, and rock n' roll. 

That's how the Kentuckians of Jefferson County kicked-off their 30th anniversary celebration on Saturday, June 22, 2013.

In the heart of Butchertown – down the block from the former Jefferson County chapter office – the Tim Faulkner Gallery hosted the Birthday Bash, which featured music from a variety of local artists including Leigh Ann Yost and The Blacktop Farmers.

Beshear, Rogers should start mending Ky.'s wounds from 'war on coal'

July 7, 2013
Lexington Herald-Leader

The "war on coal" strategy was a dead end for the industry, but much worse for Kentucky. The political atmosphere has been poisoned by the "us or them" mentality fostered by the expensive PR campaign. A rational public conversation about the state's complex energy and economic challenges seems too politically risky.

Obama urged to act on protecting water resources

July 16, 2013 at 01:07pm

The American Clean Energy Agenda (of which KFTC is a member) is urging President Obama to take action to lessen the impact of our nation’s energy policy on our water resources.

ACEA this afternoon released a proposed Executive Order making water a major national priority and moving the U.S. to a clean energy future. The draft executive order would require:

What if Kentucky actually took a leadership role on climate change?

July 13, 2013
Lexington Herald-Leader

Kentucky has plenty of politicians and business executives. But at this critical moment in history, what it really needs are leaders.

After decades of decline, black lung on the rise in Eastern Kentucky

July 7, 2013
Lexington Herald-Leader

Black lung – a preventable occupational disease – has been the underlying or contributing cause of death of more than 76,000 miners since 1968, according to figures from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

How a Kentucky school teacher stopped a 756-acre surface mine — for now

June 30, 2013
Lexington Herald-Leader

KFTC member Pam Maggard leads her community in its effort to stop a coal company's plan to blast away more than 750 acres of mountaintop within view of her home, an operation that promises disruptions to the local community and continued assault on their quality of life.

Handshoe comes to capitol for answers

June 26, 2013
Richmond Register

His house sits on land owned by his family for more than 200 years, yet Ricky Handshoe says, “I’m basically homeless.”

Handshoe visited the state capitol Tuesday looking for help from Larry Bond, chief of staff to Gov. Steve Beshear, on the same day President Barack Obama said it is time to deal with changes to climate caused by carbon emissions.