On September 13th and 14th KFTC members and allies, anchored by members coming from Scott County, attended a Mountain Witness Tour visiting members from Letcher and Harlan counties. The group, which included members from the Northern Kentucky and Scott County chapters, a blogger named Stormy, her daughter, allies from the Georgetown College Sustainability Initiative, and members of Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition, began the weekend by visiting Wiley’s Last Resort on top of Pine Mountain.
A 14-day walk from Prestonsburg to Frankfort organized by Footprints for Peace.
In 1999, the then-Gov. Paul Patton administration was part of a negotiated settlement in which the state paid $4.2 million for the timber and coal rights to preserve the state's highest peak. Extending the protection farther down Black Mountain would protect the state's earlier investment. Instead, the Beshear administration found local efforts to do just that "frivolous."
Twenty-five residents and supporters of Benham and Lynch spoke out at a permit conference with the Division of Mine Permits (including Director Allen Luttrell) regarding another proposed mine that could threaten their community.