FJS Energy http://wfpl.org en Lawmaker’s Potential Gain From Kentucky-India Coal Deal Raises Concern http://wfpl.org/post/lawmaker-s-potential-gain-kentucky-india-coal-deal-raises-concern <p>The involvement of a state representative in a <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-sell-more-coal-india" target="_blank">major coal deal </a>in Kentucky is raising some eyebrows. Under the terms of a new $7 billion contract, Kentucky coal producers will ship nine million tons of coal a year to India for the next twenty-five years. <a href="http://www.lrc.ky.gov/legislator/h093.htm" target="_blank">Representative Keith Hall</a> was instrumental in brokering the deal—and he represents both the people of Kentucky and his own private coal interests.</p><p>Hall's district covers part of coal-rich Pike County. He’s the chair of a special energy subcommittee, and the vice chair on the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee.</p><p>He <em>also</em> owns several coal-related businesses in the area—including mines—and <a href="http://www.fjsenergy.com/board-of-directors.html#5" target="_blank">sits on the board</a> of <a href="http://www.fjsenergy.com/" target="_blank">FJS Energy.</a> FJS is the New Jersey-based company that signed the deal with India.</p><p>“I’m not just a friend of coal,” Hall said. “I’m coal’s best friend.” Thu, 16 Aug 2012 18:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 1342 at http://wfpl.org Lawmaker’s Potential Gain From Kentucky-India Coal Deal Raises Concern