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Environment
9:00 am
Mon December 3, 2012

What Effect Could Upper Big Branch Prosecutions Have on Kentucky Mine Safety?

Federal prosecutors in West Virginia are moving further up Massey Energy’s chain of command in their investigation into a 2010 mine disaster that killed 29 coal miners.

Another Massey Energy executive has been charged in connection with the federal criminal investigation into the 2010 explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine. David Hughart didn’t work at the mine, but last week agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to violate federal mine safety laws.

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Environment
8:25 am
Mon December 3, 2012

First Shipment in Kentucky-India Coal Deal Still Delayed

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

That deal to export Kentucky coal to India still hasn't been scheduled.

The deal was announced in August—an agreement to send up to nine million tons of Appalachian coal to India every year for 25 years. The first shipment was supposed to leave the U.S. in September, but the company responsible for facilitating the transportation says it still hasn’t been scheduled.

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Environment
1:48 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

LG&E Breaks Ground on New Pollution Controls, Officials Praise Results of EPA Regulations

Mill Creek
Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric has broken ground on nearly a billion dollars worth of new pollution controls at the company’s Mill Creek Power Plant in southwest Louisville. It’s a two-year process that the company estimates could create up to 700 new construction jobs.

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Environment
9:01 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Former Coal CEO Blankenship Tells WSJ He Doesn't Plan to Return to Mining

Brianhayden1980 Wikimedia Commons

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship tells the Wall Street Journal that despite incorporating several companies in Kentucky, he doesn't have plans to return to the coal business.

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Environment
5:17 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Kentucky Mine Flagged by MSHA, Placed on Special Status

The federal government has given four mines—including one in Kentucky—a warning that if they don’t make strides in health and safety, they could be put on a “pattern of violations” status.

Once a mine is marked as having a pattern of violations, any significant and substantial violations that are found by regulators would require that section of the mine to be temporarily shut down.

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Environment
10:12 am
Wed November 28, 2012

With New Contract, Coal Company Expands Production

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Southern Coal is recalling several hundred laid off workers and plans to hire 650 more, thanks to a new contract from American Electric Power.

From the Williamson (WV) Daily News:

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Environment
4:02 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

State Settles With Former Mine Permit Director Over Wrongful Termination Suit

Governor Steve Beshear’s administration has settled with a former official in the state’s Energy and Environment cabinet over claims that he was wrongly fired in 2009.

Ron Mills was the head of the cabinet’s Division of Mine Permits, which is a politically-appointed position. The lawsuit he filed against the state alleges he was fired in 2009 for refusing to issue illegal mining permits.

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Environment
3:55 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Report Quantifies Uneven Effects of Coal Plants on Minority, Low-Income Communities

The Rockport Generating Station in Rockport, Indiana.
Erica Peterson WFPL

The NAACP and several other groups released a report yesterday that chronicles the undue burden low-income and minority communities bear from coal-fired power plants.

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Environment
3:43 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Patriot Coal to Phase Out Mountaintop Removal Mining

Gabe Bullard WFPL

As part of a proposed settlement with environmental groups, St. Louis-based Patriot Coal has agreed to phase out mountaintop removal mining at several of its mines in West Virginia, saying the controversial mining practice isn’t in the company’s best interest.

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Environment
9:00 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Listen: Wendell Berry Discusses Land, Energy and His New Book

Wendell Berry. By Photographer/original uploader: David Marshall/w:User:brtom1 [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
David Marshall Wikimedia Commons

Kentucky author, farmer and environmentalist Wendell Berry was on The Diane Rehm Show yesterday to talk about his new book “A Place in Time.” It’s a collection of 20 stories about life in the fictional small town of Port William. Besides discussing and reading from the book, Berry also talked about the relationship between a land and people, and his views on energy and the environment.

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