KFTC Press Releases

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. 

Citizens Groups Sue Kentucky Mining Company for False Water Pollution Reporting

Tens of thousands of violations uncovered
March 16, 2015

A coalition of citizens groups has filed a federal lawsuit against Frasure Creek Mining LLC for submitting to the state more than 100 false water pollution monitoring reports from its Kentucky coal mines. The false reports amount to nearly 20,000 violations of the federal Clean Water Act and carry a total maximum penalty of more than $700 million.

KFTC hosting a cultural heritage event to benefit Kentucky’s Bright Future

“We Are Kentuckians: Celebrating Our Common Heritage” honors Kentucky’s African American culture and heritage
February 25, 2015

A celebration of African American heritage through art, music, poetry, and storytelling hosted by Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (KFTC) will be on Friday, March 20, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Clifton Center (2117 Payne Street) In Louisville.

Citizens groups seek to ensure Kentucky officials enforce Clean Water Act

Coal company again submitting false reports
February 22, 2015

A coalition of citizens groups late Friday filed a motion to intervene in a state enforcement action against Frasure Creek Mining for again violating the Clean Water Act at its coal mining operations in eastern Kentucky. Last November, the groups identified thousands of instances where Frasure Creek had falsified water pollution discharge monitoring reports and sent the company a notice of their intent to sue


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