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Eastern Ky. can't soar with ruined water

June 18, 2014

The Beshear administration seems bound and determined to let one of the governor's biggest political contributors ruin one of Kentucky's most beautiful and historic places — even if it puts coalfield drinking water supplies and the SOAR initiative at risk.

The War On Coal Miners: How Companies Hide The Threat Of Black Lung From Watchdogs And Workers

May 30, 2014

Dust levels in coal mines are routinely under reported, and sometimes fraudently reported, putting miners unnecessarily at risk.

Restructuring cuts state's mine safety staff

May 30, 2014

Staffing in the state's mine-safety office will be slashed 37 percent to deal with a steep budget cut approved by the legislature this year, according to an order Gov. Steve Beshear filed Friday to restructure the agency.

Pike heirs file suit claiming state should not have granted permit for mining on their land

May 16, 2014

A lawsuit filed on behalf of Pike County landowners challenges the practice of state environmental officials to grant strip mining permits without the consent of a majority of the owners of the property.

Germany Sets New Record, Generating 74 Percent Of Power Needs From Renewable Energy

May 13, 2014

On a recent sunny day, renewable energy sources were generating 74 percent of the country’s overall electricity demand by midday.

Bluegrass Pipeline project comes to a halt

April 28, 2014

Developers of a multi-state pipeline project, which has stirred controversy over the past year in Kentucky, announced they have suspended all investment in the project indefinitely.

What Kentucky's New Law on Carbon Dioxide Emissions Actually Means

April 14, 2014

Ignoring words of caution from his own administration, Governor Steve Beshear signed a bill directing the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet to create a Kentucky-specific plan for regulating carbon dioxide emissions into law.

Legislature wrong to roll back mine-safety protections without study or public notice

April 9, 2014

Lawmakers are trying to do away with an important requirement to protect coal miners — without the usual process of holding public hearings and engaging in public discussion. Instead, the Senate quietly proposed a state budget that would significantly reduce funding for the Office of Mine Safety and Licensing.

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