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10:35 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Sierra Club to Hold Rally Against Coal at UK

The Sierra Club is planning a rally at noon today at the University of Kentucky to protest the ties between the school's athletic department and the coal industry.

UK and the coal industry have a fairly close relationship--the men's basketball dorm is called the Wildcat Coal Lodge, after coal industry contributions, and there have been prominent coal advertisements during some athletic events.

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Environment
4:30 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Alabama Plant Begins Capturing, Sequestering Carbon Dioxide

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

A pilot project to capture and store carbon dioxide has begun at a power plant in Alabama. The effort at the Barry Electric Generating Station began in full at the end of last month.

The plant is big, and the carbon-capture apparatus is small, so only about one percent of the flue gas is actually being captured. But the fact that the carbon dioxide is also being transported about 12 miles through a pipeline and sequestered deep in the earth is an important step for the technology.

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Environment
2:03 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

MSHA Reports Success With Increased Efforts to Protect Whistleblowers

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration is reporting increases in the number of miners who have filed discrimination complaints after reporting safety violations.

Federal law protects miners who report unsafe working conditions to employers, or refuse to work until the problem is fixed. But Assistant Secretary of Labor Joe Main says that after the explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia two years ago, it was obvious many miners were afraid to exercise their rights.

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Environment
4:30 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Murray Energy Sues WV Newspaper, Reporter for Libel

A coal operator is suing a West Virginia newspaper and reporter for libel.

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Environment
5:45 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Report Says Nation's Newest Coal Plant Isn't as Cheap as Promised

Prairie State Energy Campus
Prairie State

A large coal-burning power plant in Illinois that provides electricity to some areas of Western Kentucky and Indiana is under fire. A non-profit analyzed the costs of the plant and the numbers suggest ratepayers in eight states are paying more than they should.

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Environment
3:20 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Does the Huge Kentucky-India Coal Deal Make Sense?

Coal on a barge in the Kanawha River in 1973.
Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Last week, there was huge news for the coal industry. Kentucky coal producers signed a deal to export up to nine million tons of coal a year for the next 25 years, to the reported tune of $7 billion.

I’ve already covered why the deal is good news for struggling Appalachian coal producers (but not good enough news to turn the industry around), the extent of Rep. Keith Hall’s involvement, and what the increased coal exports could mean for the environment. But now I’m hearing conflicting opinions about why this deal actually happened in the first place, and whether or not it makes sense.

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Environment
2:11 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

My Morning Jacket Featured in National Campaign Against Mountaintop Removal

The members of Louisville rock band My Morning Jacket appear in a new campaign by non-profit Earthjustice that opposes mountaintop removal coal mining.

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Environment
8:00 am
Mon August 20, 2012

India Coal Deal Bad News for Climate Change

A recent deal to send millions of tons of Appalachian coal to India could bring billions of dollars to Kentucky coal producers over the next twenty-five years. But it’s not very good news for climate change.

The deal will ship up to nine million tons of Appalachian coal to India for the next 25 years. This is a lot of coal—nine million tons is actually about equivalent to the amount of coal purchased by the state of Virginia in 2010.

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Environment
3:51 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Mine Official Pleads Guilty to Safety Violations

An official with an eastern Kentucky coal mining company has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he put miners at risk.

Coal mine foremen are required to note hazardous conditions in inspection reports, and then correct them. Manalapan Mining Company shift foreman Bryant Massingale acknowledged that he didn’t do this in federal court on Thursday.

Massingale worked at the company's P-1 mine in Harlan County. A grand jury charged the company and three officials with exposing miners to the risk of injury or death by violating safety rules in June 2011.

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Environment
11:36 am
Fri August 17, 2012

A Few More Details About the India Coal Deal Emerge

Financial news service SNL has a story out today with a few more details about the deal that was announced earlier this week between Kentucky coal producers and an Indian company.

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