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Environment
9:00 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Coal Miner Discusses Mining Layoffs, Challenges Facing Eastern Kentucky

The newest installment of WMMT radio's Making Connections series features something that's often missing from the conversation about coal in eastern Kentucky: a coal miner telling his story and talking  about how the industry's decline is affecting him and his community.

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Environment
1:17 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Coal Company, West Virginia Newspaper Reach Settlement in Libel Suit

A lawsuit filed against a West Virginia newspaper by a coal company has been resolved.

Murray Energy CEO Bob Murray sued the Charleston Gazette and reporter Ken Ward Jr. for a blog post where Ward mentioned Murray subsidiary Genwal Resources’ role in the 2007 Crandall Canyon mine disaster and Murray subsidiary Ohio Valley Coal Company’s more recent violations of the Clean Water Act.  As I reported back in August:

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Environment
9:00 am
Mon October 29, 2012

How Much Influence Should Extractive Industries Have Over Public Art?

Carbon Sink by Chris Drury
University of Wyoming Art Museum

A recent New York Times article dredged up a controversy that's been going on in Wyoming since this spring. The issue at hand is whether the University of Wyoming caved to pressure from politicians and coal companies when it removed a piece of public art from its campus a year ahead of schedule.

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Environment
3:00 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Mountaintop Removal Activist Wins Prestigious Wallenberg Medal

The University of Michigan awarded the prestigous Wallenberg Medal to mountaintop removal activist Maria Gunnoe earlier this week.

Gunnoe lives in Boone County, W.Va., and has spent the past eight years campaigning against mountaintop removal and its environmental effects in Appalachia. Gunnoe was also the 2009  Goldman Prize honoree from North America.

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Environment
10:35 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Coal Mining Costs are on the Rise

There are lots of factors playing into declining coal production in Central Appalachia: low natural gas prices, high stockpiles of coal after a warm winter and new environmental regulations.

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Environment
11:50 am
Tue October 23, 2012

2012 Expected to be a Record Year for Coal Exports

Energy Information Administration

Coal exports are expected to exceed record levels this year, according to the Energy Information Administration.

By the end of the year, the country is expected to have exported 125-133 million tons of coal—which shatters the previous record of 113 million tons set in 1981. This is largely due to a very strong first six months of the year, and the EIA notes that since then, the global demand for American coal has been slightly waning.

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Environment
3:55 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

First Shipment in Kentucky-India Coal Deal Delayed

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

The first shipment in a huge deal to export coal to India hasn’t yet left Appalachia.

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Environment
10:05 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Groups Sue to Stop Eastern Kentucky Surface Mine

Gabe Bullard WFPL

The Sierra Club and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in hopes of blocking a surface mine permit in eastern Kentucky.

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Environment
8:45 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Obama, Romney Offer Differing Facts on Energy Production

Decumanus Wikimedia Commons

Much like the first presidential debate, there was no mention of climate change in the second match-up between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. But there was more talk about energy than during the first debate.

And, predictably, there was lots of work to be done by fact-checkers in the day following.

One of the most intense exchanges of the night was over oil and gas production on federal lands. Romney said production of oil on government land is down 14 percent, and production of gas is down nine percent.

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Environment
1:24 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

LG&E to Shut Down Coal-Fired Cane Run Plant Eight Months Early

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

Louisville Gas and Electric announced today that the company's coal-fired Cane Run Power Plant will be shut down eight months earlier than planned.

The company announced plans to convert the power plant to natural gas last year, and construction on the new facility is going faster than expected. The coal-fired plant should be shut down by May 2015.

Here's what LG&E had to say in a news release:

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