reclamation

Environment
12:55 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Victims of 2010 Pike County Flood File Lawsuit Against State

Harless Creek resident Janie Caudill holds a picture of her home after flood waters washed it away in July 2010.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Residents in Eastern Kentucky whose homes were flooded in 2010 have filed suit against the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet. They say the flooding was caused by an unreclaimed surface mine site, and the state allowed the mine operator to violate the law.

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Environment
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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Environment
6:00 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Pike County Community Blames Devastating Floods on Lack of Reclamation

Janie Caudill holds a picture of her old shop, which was destroyed when flood waters devastated the area in July 2010.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Devastating floods have ravaged several eastern Kentucky communities in the last few years. Most start the same way: rain falls; creeks rise; and what residents have described as a ‘tsunami’ destroys everything in its path. Some citizens say coal mining is to blame, and they're turning to lawsuits against coal companies to recoup damages. They say the companies didn’t reclaim surface mine sites, which directly contributed to the flooding.

This is what some say happened in Pike County on July 17, 2010.

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