State regulators ignore clean water protections and enforcement
For the second time in the last four years, citizens groups have uncovered widespread falsification of water quality reports by Frasure Creek Mining, which has a number of permits in eastern Kentucky. State officials have not noticed or refused to act on the tens of thousands of violations documented by the groups.
Smoketown residents’ ideas for their neighborhood’s future will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 21 with the release of the Vision Smoketown Report. Members of the community, local organizations and businesses, government officials, and the press will have an opportunity to pick up copies of the report, hear a summary of the findings, and ask report authors questions about the results.
After stopping the Bluegrass Hazardous Liquids Pipeline, victors look for additional ways to protect Kentucky
The "Pipelines, Fracking and Kentucky’s Future Beyond Fossil Fuels" summit on November 8 in Lexington will give Kentuckians a chance to learn more about energy choices that are being made for the state, and how to put those choices in the hands of Kentuckians interested in safe communities and a bright energy future.
Despite publicly stating the opposite, state Energy and Environmental Cabinet officials could present no evidence that they have initiated any enforcement actions against Frasure Creek mining for repeated violations of the Clean Water Act.
How many more examples do we need of coal operators' lawlessness, aided and abetted by government apathy or impotence?
A joint investigation by NPR and Mine Safety and Health News found that thousands of mine operators fail to pay safety penalties, even as they continue to manage dangerous — and sometimes deadly — mining operations. Most unpaid penalties are between two and 10 years overdue; some go back two decades. And federal regulators seem unable or unwilling to make mine owners pay.