Office of Surface Mining

2:45 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Regulators Reach Landmark Deal to Reclaim Eastern Kentucky Surface Mines

Credit Gabe Bullard / WFPL

State regulators have reached a comprehensive settlement with an out-of-state coal operator to reclaim former mines in eight Eastern Kentucky counties.

Billionaire Jim Justice—who also owns the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia—has been cited by the state more than 400 times in the last two years for not taking appropriate measures to reclaim his coal mines. Under the terms of the agreement, Justice will pay $1.5 million in fines, and post $10.5 million in bonds.

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11:42 am
Wed February 6, 2013

REI Executive is Reportedly Obama's Choice for Interior Secretary

According to reports, President Obama will nominate Sally Jewell to replace outgoing Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. Jewell is the president and CEO of Recreational Equipment, Inc., better known as outdoor outfitter REI, and a former oil company official.

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4:14 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Report Suggests Problems With Placement of Mine Impoundments in WV

The federal Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation has released the results of an analysis of West Virginia coal mine impoundments which could have implications for Kentucky.

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5:15 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Facing Federal Action, Kentucky Moves to Increase Reclamation Bonds for Surface Mines

Coal companies will have to pay more to mine coal in Kentucky under new regulations issued by the Energy and Environment cabinet. The state took action after the federal government threatened to take over the state's surface mining program.

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