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Environment
6:32 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

MSHA Fines Eastern Kentucky Mining Company for 2011 Fatality

A Kentucky coal company has been fined nearly $600,000 by the federal government, stemming from violations that directly contributed to the death of a miner last year.

In June 2011, David Partin was killed at the Manalapan Mining Company’s P-1 Mine in Harlan County. A large section of rock fell from the coal mine’s wall, and knocked him into a dolly.

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Environment
5:43 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Patriot Coal Files for Chapter 11; Will Reorganize

A major coal company with mines in Appalachia and Western Kentucky has filed for bankruptcy. In a news release, Patriot Coal said it was undertaking the move to facilitate restructuring.

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Environment
5:35 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

EIA Data Shows Natural Gas, Coal Generation Equal for First Time

For the first time since the federal government has begun collecting data, natural gas and coal produce virtually the same amount of the country’s electricity.

The Energy Information Administration just crunched its numbers for this past April, and preliminary data shows that both coal and natural gas make up about 32 percent of the country’s total electricity generation.

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Environment
10:48 am
Mon July 9, 2012

New York Times Op-Ed Focuses on Mountaintop Removal

Jason Howard of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation had an Op-Ed in the New York Times yesterday on the ways in which coal--specifically, mountaintop removal coal mining--is dividing people and communities in Appalachia.

Howard chronicles coal industry advertising and the harassment of several coalfields environmental activists.

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Environment
5:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

NPR, Partners Investigate Resurgence of Black Lung Disease

An investigation by NPR and several partners has found that black lung disease is far from being eradicated among coal miners. On the contrary: the reports outline a disease where diagnoses have doubled in the last decade in parts of Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia.

Black lung disease--also called coalworkers' pneumoconiosis--is a disease caused by breathing large amounts of coal dust.

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Environment
9:00 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Coalfields Newspaper Editorial: Stop Pointing Fingers, Start Working on Economic Diversification

An editorial published yesterday in the Hazard Herald of Perry County lays out a cogent view of where the economy of Eastern Kentucky is headed, as the coal industry shrinks and utilities begin transitions to cheaper natural gas.  The editors of the Ha

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Environment
3:08 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Kentucky Coal Company Ordered to Pay $1.6 Million for Safety Violations

An eastern Kentucky coal mining company has been ordered to pay $1.67 million after failing to respond to a lawsuit brought by the federal government.

U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove issued the order today after D&C Mining Corp. of Harlan failed to answer allegations that it owed fines on 1,244 citations.

Environment
4:14 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Pike County Miner Killed in Accident

A Pike County miner has died following an accident at the McCoy Elkhorn Coal Corporation's Mine No. 23 in Kimper. From the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing:

Preliminary reports indicate 33-year-old Farley Sargent was laying track when a rib roll occurred. A rib roll is when a portion of the coal pillar wall falls into the corridor.

Environment
12:17 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Arch Coal Will Reportedly Lay Off 500 Miners in Eastern Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky news outlets are reporting that Arch Coal will lay off 500 miners across the region. 

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Environment
1:49 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

WV Senator Votes Against Anti-EPA Resolution, KY Senators Don't Follow Suit

In an unexpected move, West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller addressed the Senate today to speak against a resolution that would register objection to the Environmental Protection Agency's upcoming restrictions on mercury emissions from power plants.

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