Does America Need Another Prison? It may be this rural county’s only chance at survival

By Jon Schuppe Mar 22, 2018WHITESBURG, Ky. — If it wasn’t for his family’s bond to the mountainside where he grew up, Aaron Boggs might have fled by now.His home is Letcher County, a rugged and remote part of eastern Kentucky sustained for generations by a coal industry that now hardly exists. He remains here …

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 …

"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 …

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 …

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 …

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 — [email protected] 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 …

LG&E drops Cane Run ash dump application, plans for giant wall instead

LG&E Cane Run Generating Station. (By Michael Hayman, The Courier-Journal) March 26, 2010   Louisville Gas and Electric Co. has withdrawn its application for a new coal-burning-waste dump at its Cane Run generating station in western Louisville, ending a nearly three-year battle with environmentalists and power plant neighbors. But another battle may be touched off …