It was the world’s largest company coal town. As it turns 100, it fights to stay alive.

http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/article134813224.html#emlnl=Morning_Newsletter   Lynch resident Mike O'Bradovich talks about the 100th birthday of the historic Harlan County coal town. Bill Estep [email protected] By Bill Estep [email protected] LYNCH The valley along Looney Creek in Harlan County was a wooded wilderness in 1917 when U.S. Steel, hungry for coal to make steel during World War I, bought 19,000 …

Coal Miners continue to suffer on this, the last day of 2016….for some, nothing changes, it only gets worse.

      Below is two stories which caught my eye this morning concerning coal mining and coal miners.  It is the last day of 2016 and still, they suffer.  Between job loss and illness and an ultimate death from Black Lung, these people who have worked their entire lives to dig coal so that …

The Forest Service invites public review and comment on potential environmental remediation at the Rock Creek abandoned coal mine sites.(Rock Creek abandoned coal mine sites remediation)

  Rock Creek Rock Creek is a beautiful stream, with magnificent boulders, riffles, glides, and pools. Flowing through southeastern Kentucky on Stearns Ranger District, it is both a Blue Ribbon trout fishery and a Kentucky Wild River. However, highly acidic water flowing from abandoned mine lands left the stream virtually dead from White Oak Junction …

the last union mine in Kentucky has been shut down

By Dylan Lovan The Associated Press Posted Sep. 5, 2015 at 1:03 PM Updated Sep 5, 2015 at 1:04 PM   HARLAN, Ky. — Kentucky coal miners bled and died to unionize. Their workplaces became war zones, and gun battles once punctuated union protests. In past decades, organizers have been beaten, stabbed and shot while …

Officials hope fiber will replace coal in eastern Kentucky

By ADAM BEAM Associated Press HAZARD, Ky. In the 1970s, as the oil crisis spurred an increase in mining, Victor Justice taught people in eastern Kentucky how to mine coal. Forty years later, his son is teaching them how to write code to build websites. As the coal industry disappears across Appalachia, politicians and entrepreneurs …

Coal Miners Sign Class Action Lawsuit Against EPA

      MOUNDSVILLE - Laid off coal miners, and some still employed, are compiling signatures for a class-action lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Air Act. The petition currently has thousands of signatures. Those coal miners from West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Pennsylvania met on Sunday at the Moundsville Eagles Hall from noon …

Old mining town turns to marijuana after prison, factory close

  WALSENBURG, Colo. – A developer's plan to build hundreds of cannabis greenhouses could make this tiny southern Colorado town one of the nation's largest producers of legal marijuana. The town sold 330 acres of municipal land for more than $1 million to create a campus for growing, processing and distribution, with the marijuana to …

Patriot Coal Corp. has lined up a deal to sell most of its operating mines to Blackhawk Mining LLC, in a debt-fueled transaction that leaves retirees and union contracts behind

Patriot Coal Corp. has lined up a deal to sell most of its operating mines to Blackhawk Mining LLC, in a debt-fueled transaction that leaves retirees and union contracts behind. In bankruptcy for the second time in recent years, Patriot has been struggling against declining demand for coal. It is racing to get a deal …

Why Is a Liberal Professor Helping Mitch McConnell Fight for Coal Companies?

By Jonathan Chait   Mitch McConnell, who is leading the fight to stop the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, pointed out last week that he has a surprising ally: “Iconic liberal constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe — who was President Obama’s constitutional law professor at Harvard Law School — said he agrees.” The lawsuit to block …

"I thought it was normal not to be able to drink your own tap water.”

After the Spill: Life in West Virginia's Coal Country One year after the Elk River chemical disaster, has the Mountain State's approach to mining changed? Omar Ghabra Jan 9 2015, 11:04 AM ET   CHARLESTON, W. Va.—At 8:16 a.m. on the morning of January 9, 2014, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection received the …

Where Coal is King In Kentucky, both Democrats and Republicans are blocking green policies

By JAMES HIGDON December 09, 2014     To understand Kentucky politics you have to understand this: When it comes to coal, there is no difference between Democrats and Republicans. There is no red Kentucky or blue Kentucky. There is only charcoal black. And Kentucky politics is a coal miner’s daughter. With roughly 61,000 jobs …

Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes are vying to be coal’s true champion. But are they merely perpetuating an industry’s mythology?

How Kentucky's struggling miners view the country's most expensive Senate race By Luke Mullins October 2, 2014 6:00 AM Yahoo News   These days, Bobby Spare feels like the last man standing. The 59-year-old engineer began working in eastern Kentucky's coal fields 38 years ago, like his father and grandfather before him. With nothing more …

5 arrested in protest against coal magnate Jim Justice in downtown Roanoke

  By Jordan Fifer and Jeff Sturgeon | The Roanoke Times A group of protesters who unfurled a large banner criticizing coal magnate Jim Justice and the practices of his Roanoke-based mining company caused a spectacle in downtown Roanoke on Thursday morning, prompting a large police and fire response to take down the display. Five …

Billionaire to Pay $1.5M Fine for Kentucky Mines

Posted: Tue 2:47 PM, Aug 19, 2014 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- West Virginia billionaire Jim Justice has reached a $1.5 million settlement with Kentucky officials over dozens of reclamation violations at several of his coal mines in eastern Kentucky. The agreement between Justice and the state's Department for Natural Resources is a reduction from the …

Louisville Gas & Electric (LG&E) has been illegally pouring toxic coal ash into the Ohio River,

Earthjustice Liked · May 29 · Edited   BRAZEN: For years, Louisville Gas & Electric (LG&E) has been illegally pouring toxic coal ash into the Ohio River, unbeknownst to neighboring communities. Now thanks to a hidden camera and satellite imagery, the utility has been caught and faces a lawsuit from Earthjustice along with huge fines. …