KFTC Press Releases

Seventh annual Growing Appalachia gathering looks to help people save money and boost the local economy

February 29, 2016

Learning about ways to save and earn money through small-scale farming be the focus of the seventh Growing Appalachia Conference to be held March 5 in Prestonsburg.

“We Are Kentuckians: Celebrating Our Common Heritage” honors African American women in Kentucky

KFTC presents a cultural heritage event to benefit Kentucky’s Bright Future
February 25, 2016

In honor of Women’s History Month, the third annual “We Are Kentuckians: Celebrating Our Common Heritage” highlights the important but often unheard stories of Black women in Kentucky. Kentucky female dancers, speakers, musicians and artists will share their work, personal stories and vision for Kentucky’s Bright Future. A celebration of African American women’s heritage through art, dance, music, spoken word, and storytelling will be on Thursday, March 10, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Clifton Center in Louisville.

Citizens groups, state reach historic settlement with coal company over water pollution violations

Deal sends strong signal to incoming Bevin administration
December 7, 2015

A coalition of citizens groups entered a settlement late Monday with Frasure Creek Mining and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet that resolves years of Clean Water Act violations numbering in the thousands at the company’s surface coal mines in eastern Kentucky. The violations include duplicated water pollution monitoring reports, failure to report pollution, and exceedences of pollution permit limits.

Harlan County joins local support in Eastern Kentucky for POWER+ Plan

Four other local entities passed resolutions in the past week
August 18, 2015

Grassroots support for the Power+ Plan to accelerate the release of one billion dollars for land reclamation projects that support local economic diversification efforts is growing quickly. In the past week, five local government units in eastern Kentucky have apssed resolutions calling on U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers to support the plan.

Everyday Kentuckians Ready to be Heard on Clean Power Plan

August 5, 2015
After hearings lots of reactions to the President Obama’s Clean Power Plan – mostly from public officials, candidates and the coal industry – everyday Kentuckians are ready to be heard. They find the new job creation potential and the significant health benefits to be appealing.

Clean Power Plan – An Opportunity for Just Economic Transition

August 3, 2015

KFTC members offer a grassroots perspective on the Clean Power Plan announced on Monday by President Obama.

KFTC comments call for ban on high-volume hydraulic fracking

July 31, 2015

At public hearings in July and in written comments submitted to the Kentucky Oil and Gas Working Group, KFTC members called for a ban on high-volume hydraulic fracking in favor of investments in cleaner and more sustainable sources of energy. The written comments provide multiple reasons related to public health, environmental concerns and economic well-being for banning the practice.

Citizens groups again notify Frasure Creek Mining of its Clean Water Act violations

New reports were intended to correct previously false reports
June 12, 2015

Once again, citizen action is needed to bring to the public's attention the falsified water quality reports submitted by Frasure Creek Mining.

POWER funding partnerships represent important step for federal assistance for economic transition efforts in Central Appalachia

March 27, 2015

Efforts toward a just transition to a more sustainable economy in eastern Kentucky could get a real boost from Friday morning’s announcement by Gov. Steve Beshear and the Obama administration, according to folks involved in those efforts in eastern Kentucky.

Brooklyn Loves Mountains presents inaugural benefit concert on Saturday, March 28 at Jalopy Theatre

Performances by Gangstagrass, Demolition String Band, The Down Hill Strugglers and Cropdust
March 19, 2015

Brooklyn Loves Mountains will present a benefit concert on March 25 at 8 p.m. at Red Hookʼs Jalopy Theatre (315 Columbia St., Brooklyn, NY). The concert will benefit KFTCs Canary Project and send a message of solidarity from Brooklyn to those working for an end to the most destructive aspects of surface coal mining, mountaintop removal and valley fills in Appalachian communities. 

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