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 bestep@herald-leader.com By Bill Estep bestep@herald-leader.com 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. …

What’s the Matter With Eastern Kentucky?

    There are many tough places in this country: the ghost cities of Detroit, Camden and Gary, the sunbaked misery of inland California and the isolated reservations where Native American communities were left to struggle. But in its persistent poverty, Eastern Kentucky — land of storybook hills and drawls ­ — just might be …

Mining’s New Joint Venture

Posted by Gabe Friedman   This isn’t a great time for small Canadian mining businesses. For the past couple of years, people have worried that China’s economic problems will keep it from buying metals and minerals in big quantities, as it once did, which has lowered prices for some of those commodities. Plus, mine workers …

Rhino’s new Kentucky steam coal mine to start shipments soon: official

    Louisville, Kentucky (Platts)--16Jun2014/407 pm EDT/2007 GMT Rhino Resource Partners soon will make its first shipment of high-sulfur steam coal from the new Pennyrile underground mine in Western Kentucky to Louisville Gas & Electric, a Rhino official said Monday. Pennyrile, also known as Riveredge, is located near the Green River in McLean County. Initial …

What Went Right in Kentucky (And How Its Coal Is Risky Business)

Unlike its more fiscally-troubled siblings of Illinois and California, Kentucky successfully tightened its belt and adjusted to post-recession realities. Yet it remains at risk from President Obama’s recently-proposed coal efficiency mandates and stands on the front-line of the cost of these regulations. Last week the bond rating agency Moody’s Investors Service, my former employer, changed …

Lowdown on the Landfill Trimble residents air concerns about proposed LG&E waste site

Renee Bruck Courier Staff Writer Trimble County residents voiced their concerns to Kentucky state officials Thursday night about Louisville Gas & Electric's plans to create an industrial waste landfill on company property. Nearly 75 people attended the two-hour public meeting at Trimble County High School to discuss a permit for a special waste landfill filed …

Observations and Thoughts on the West Virginia Chemical Spill

Cultural Slagheap

My dad, a lifelong firefighter, used to teach Hazardous Materials Response and Safety classes to first responders.  The first informational point he covered at the beginning of the course was how to read the classification marks on transportation tankers—the little diamond-shaped signs, usually mounted on the back of the tank, that announce via numerical code what kinds of chemicals are stored in those transport vehicles, and what levels and types of health risks would be associated with a spill in the case of a wreck.  The first homework assignment he gave was for the firefighters to go home and stand on the main cross street in their neighborhoods and home towns for about an hour, and write down the numbers on every tag they saw pass through that intersection, then go look up the numbers.  Dad said that the next week, when those students came back for class, invariably there’d…

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UK government found ‘cheerleading’ for fracking industry

British Prime Minister David Cameron (R) is taken on a guided tour of the IGas shale drilling plant oil depot by Operations Manager Andrew Austin (L) and Chief Operating Officer John Chief Blaymyers (c) near Gainsborough, Lincolnshire on January 13, 2014. (Reuters / Lindsey Parnaby) British government officials have been collaborating in private with shale …

Obama Falls Short in Blunting Mountaintop Removal

By ERIC PIANIN, The Fiscal Times July 11, 2013 During his 2008 campaign, President Obama pledged to rein in the coal industry’s efficient but destructive practice of mining huge seams of coal by “simply blowing the tops off mountains” and dumping the debris into valleys and streams below. Over the past several decades,  coal companies …

CoalSwarm: A Clearinghouse for Shared Information on King Coal

by PRW Staff — January 6, 2013 - 11:13am Topics: Energy, Environment The article below was written by Ted Nace, who founded CoalSwarm. Since 2008, the Center for Media and Democracy has been hosting the CoalSwarm wiki project on CMD's SourceWatch.org website. SourceWatch is a sister site of this site, PRWatch.org, and other sites of …

Artist donates sculpture to honor coal miners

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — A bronze  sculpture to honor eastern Kentucky miners is planned for the Coal Museum  in Benham. The Harlan  Daily Enterprise (http://bit.ly/X4E5Jc)  reports the piece, called "A Way of Life," is being donated by artist Joyce  Minnick, a Harlan native who currently lives in Indiana. Minnick says she  used mining items that …

Kentucky mine officials face prison for violations

  LOUSIVILLE, Ky. –  Plea agreements say two supervisors at an eastern Kentucky mine where a coal miner was killed last year knowingly violated federal safety laws. The documents filed this week say Jefferson Davis and Joseph Miniard are planning to plead guilty and are facing prison time when they are sentenced during a March …

Harlan County coal company and two supervisors will plead guilty to violating federal mine-safety laws

    By Bill Estep — bestep@herald-leader.com A Harlan County coal company and two supervisors will plead guilty to charges they willfully violated federal mine-safety laws. Attorneys for Manalapan Mining Company and the employees filed court motions, including two on Monday, saying the three will plead guilty. The officers are Joseph Miniard, who was the …

Patriot Coal Corp. is permanently closing its Freedom underground mine

HENDERSON COUNTY, Ky. — Patriot Coal Corp. is permanently closing its Freedom underground mine in eastern Henderson County this summer, causing the loss of jobs for 156 active miners and possibly more. The company in a news release cited "continued weakness in market demand." In addition to the jobs lost at the Freedom mine itself, …

RE: THE PADUCAH GASEOUS DIFFUSION PLANT “CLEANUP”

  There are several issue’s pertaining to the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and it’s cleanup.  The story immediately below appeared on April 5th.   Reporter - Jason HibbsPhotojournalist - Mason Watkins MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. — People can't see it, taste it or even smell it but they know it's underground, and it can be deadly. …