Coal and Water News

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.

Appalachian residents heard in report to the United Nations

Sally Dunne, Loretto
June 25, 2013 at 09:46am

The voices and stories of Appalachian residents, including KFTC members, were shared recently with the United Nations Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals.

Utilities Switch Off Investment in Fossil Fuel Plants

June 18, 2013
New York Times

Decreased demand for electricity, lower carbon prices and the competitiveness of renewable forms of energy are making new fossil fuel plants a bad investment decision in Europe. What does this mean for the United States?

Energy for Change rally draws more than 2,000

June 22, 2013 at 09:27am

KFTC members joined more than 2,000 others in Louisville on Thursday for the Energy for Change: Interfaith Action for Clean Energy and Healthy Communities rally.

"It matters little where we live … dirty energy is polluting our air and water," said Mark Steiner of Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light told the crowd, many of whom were in Louisville from across the country for the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly. "Dirty energy is making us and making our children sick."

Activist Tim DeChristopher said he grew up in West Virginia where people live with "fear under the oppression of the coal industry." But he was able to overcome his fear "when my actions aligned with my sentiments.

Reuben Shemwell, Kentucky Miner, Wins Discrimination Case After Being Sued By Own Employer

June 21, 2013
Huffington Post

In a ruling that could have wide implications for coal miners, a federal judge has rebuked a coal company for trying to sue a Kentucky miner who filed a safety discrimination complaint against management. The decision has called the company's lawsuit a form of retaliation …

Water testing workshop planned for Floyd County

June 19, 2013 at 09:06am

Advanced Water Testing Workshop

On Saturday June 22, from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm, KFTC will offer the second of four additional water testing workshops planned for this year as part of the ongoing Community Science and Public Health project. At this workshop, which will be held in Floyd County, we will learn how to do basic tests of local streams, learn how to get others in your community involved, and learn about other water quality issues we face in the mountains. We will spend a portion of the day out in streams, practicing what we’ve learned and testing local water sources.

Years later, permit given for mining in Sloans Valley

June 18, 2013 at 01:01pm

Residents of the Sloans Valley area of Pulaski County once again find themselves fighting to protect their homes and community after the Beshear administration granted a strip mine permit for a controversial mining operation.

Exiting Appalachia, Peabody and Arch leave retired miners in the lurch

June 9, 2013
Lexington Herald-Leader

After dumping 22,500 pensioners and their dependents, the two largest U.S. coal companies hightailed it out of Kentucky and West Virginia, using Patriot Coal as their get-away vehicle.

The Price of Power to a Nation

June 5, 2013
Equal Voice for America’s Families Newspaper

"Coal has made us economically dependent on our own cultural destruction."