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Environment
4:35 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Environmental Attorney, State Spar Over Secretary's Comments on Clean Air Act

A local environmental attorney is challenging the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet over statements officials made earlier this week at a conference.

The contentious point revolves around a comment Energy and Environment Secretary Len Peters made during a session at the cabinet’s annual conference earlier this week. Here’s how his comments were summarized in a story by Jim Bruggers of the Courier-Journal.

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Environment
1:00 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Washington Post Editorial Urges Politicians to Stop Telling Coalfields 'Fairy Tales'

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Earlier this week, the Washington Post published an editorial for residents of coal country.

The newspaper’s editorial board is left-leaning, and begins the piece by criticizing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for “pandering” to coalfields residents, promising them a resurgence of the industry if he’s elected.

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Environment
1:43 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Judge Agrees to Settlement Between Coal Company, Kentucky for Water Pollution Violations

A Circuit Court judge has signed the settlement that a coal company, the commonwealth and environmental groups agreed to last week.

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Environment
9:00 am
Wed October 10, 2012

LG&E Ends Coal Contract with Consol Energy

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Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities are terminating the company’s contract with coal producer Consol Energy.

This news in and of itself isn’t huge—to put it in perspective, LG&E/KU burns 16 million tons of coal a year, and the company’s contract with Consol was only for 500,000 tons. But it was a good excuse to take a look at how the utility uses coal, and how its usage might change in the future.

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Environment
4:00 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Campaigns Focus on Ohio Coal...But How Much Can a President Help the Industry?

Coal cars in Ashtabula, Ohio.
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Coal's role in this year's presidential election isn't going ignored by national media. Marketplace Morning Report had an interesting story this morning by Adriene Hill about the fuel's prominent role in President Obama and Mitt Romney's Ohio campaign strategies...even though there are less than 3,000 coal miners in the state. As the industry is always quick to point out, that doesn't include jobs that are related to and reliant on the coal industry.

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Environment
8:30 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Energy Conference Panel Discusses Kentucky's Energy Future

The 36th Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment continues today in Louisville. I was there yesterday, as a participant in a panel loosely structured around a conversation on Kentucky’s energy future, and coal’s role in that mix.

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Environment
2:56 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Kentucky Reaches Settlement with Coal Company Over Water Violations

Kentucky has reached a settlement with a coal company accused of thousands of violations of the Clean Water Act.

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Environment
12:47 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Climate Change, But Not Energy, Absent From First Presidential Debate

Coal and renewable energy weren't absent from the presidential debate last night, but environmental groups are bemoaning the fact that climate change wasn't brought up.

The Hill's E2 Wire notes that a petition was delivered to debate moderator Jim Lehrer with more than 160,000 signatures, asking the PBS host to ask the candidates about climate change.

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Environment
12:11 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

More Coal Production Cuts Could Be Coming, Despite Slightly Higher Gas Prices

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Rising natural gas prices could mean good news for the country's coal industry...but there are still likely cuts to come in Central Appalachia. That's the gist of an article from SNL Finanacial.

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Environment
1:55 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Judge Rules Against Groups Seeking Federal Designation for W.Va. Mountain

A federal judge has ruled against environmental groups who wanted a mountain in West Virginia to be returned to the National Register of Historic Places.

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