KFTC Press Releases

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.

KFTC to Host Smoketown GetDown for Democracy

September 5, 2014

The history of Smoketown – and the innovative ideas from local residents for its future – will be celebrated at the first annual “Smoketown Getdown for Democracy,”­ a neighborhood block party powered by the people, hosted by KFTC and open to the public on Friday, September 19.

Kentucky’s new General Permits for Coal Mining mean five more years of polluted streams

September 3, 2014

State officials have issued two new general permits for coal facilities that fail to fully address the ongoing and substantial harm to humans and aquatic life from polluted wastewater. For the most part, they ignored concerns expressed by coalfield residents and water quality experts.

Appalachia’s Bright Future

Weekend activities will showcase local efforts to build diverse and sustainable economy
August 27, 2014

KFTC is offering “a transition adventure, a multi-day tour and celebration that will give participants the opportunity to meet and learn directly from people and communities on both sides of Pine Mountain who are working to build a healthy and diverse local economy” the weekend of Sept. 12-14.


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