KFTC Press Releases

Eastern Kentuckians encouraged by White House’s proposed investment for economic transition in Central Appalachia

February 2, 2015

Eastern Kentuckians working for a just transition to a more sustainable economy were pleased to hear this morning’s announcement that President Obama’s federal budget proposal includes increased funding that would be available for Central Appalachian transition.

Weekly Prayer Vigil to Support Voting Rights

January 30, 2015

Voting Rights supporters will hold weekly prayer vigils on the second floor of the Capitol Annex in Frankfort in support of legislation to restore the voting rights of nearly a quarter of a million Kentuckians.

Citizen Groups Compelling U.S. EPA to Protect Appalachia’s Water

After Years of State Failure to Protect Critical Waters, Citizens Step Up Actions to Require EPA to Enforce Clean Water Protections in West Virginia and Kentucky
January 7, 2015

KFTC and the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit against the the U.S. EPA based on the agency’s failure to response to a five-year old petition to revoke Kentucky’s authority to enforce a key program under federal Clean Water Act. Since the original petition, Kentucky officials have continued a systematic failure to enforce the Clean Water Act.

Citizen groups initiate legal action against Kentucky coal company for falsifying pollution reports

State regulators ignore clean water protections and enforcement
November 17, 2014

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.

KFTC to Release Vision Smoketown Survey Report

October 15, 2014

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.

Fracking, More Pipeline Proposals and Better Energy Choices to be considered at November 8 Summit

After stopping the Bluegrass Hazardous Liquids Pipeline, victors look for additional ways to protect Kentucky
October 13, 2014

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.

KFTC to register voters during 48 hours of "Voter Madness"

Voter registration deadline is next Monday
October 1, 2014

Forty-eight hours of “Voter Madness” begins Thursday at noon and lasts through Saturday at noon at a variety of locations and events in the Lexington area. The flurry of activities will raise awareness about the October 6 deadline for voters to register in order to vote in the November 4 general election.

Lessons from Wales spark ideas for community development in Appalachia’s new economy

Public forum will be October 7 in Whitesburg
September 29, 2014

Eastern Kentuckians can learn from two guests who have been deeply involved in community redevelopment efforts in the Welsh coalfields at a public forum on Tuesday, October 7 at 7 p.m. in the Appalshop Theater in Whitesburg.

Kentuckians Taking a Message of Just Transition to People’s Climate March in New York

September 19, 2014

KFTC members will carry a message to the People's Climate March in New York this weekend: "We are at the forefront of the transition away from coal and we need to be put first as we go about building a new economy."

Appalachia’s Bright Future 2.0 is this coming weekend

Weekend activities will showcase local efforts to build diverse and sustainable economy
September 7, 2014

It’s a celebration of what makes Appalachia so special. And it's also a weekend to showcase how residents are turning around their local economy.

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