Coal and Water News

Waking up to the boom in cheaper natural gas

September 14, 2017
The Courier-Journal

Moving away from natural gas might sound radical, but it’s not unrealistic – and there are promising ways to work toward that goal in Kentucky.

It Took This Coal Miner 14 Years to Secure Black Lung Benefits. How Come?

September 7, 2017
Inside Climate News

RETIRED COAL MINER BETHEL BROCK had to fight for 14 years to win his federal black lung claim. One may think that Mr. Brock's legal fight is rare, but it is not. His story is common among Appalachian coal miners.

Don’t hide from science. People near mines are dying; we need to know why

August 25, 2017
The Courier-Journal

People in Appalachian Kentucky are dying at rates significantly higher than national averages.

We need to better understand why, through scientific research, to begin curing the health crises in the region. 

A Day in the Belly of the Beast

August 23, 2017 at 02:49am
President Trump has stopped a federal study looking at the relationship between strip mining and human health. Despite that, a planned hearing took place in Hazard on August 21 and in Lexington on August 22. Jeff Chapman-Crane read the following that he and Sharman, his wife, had written together.

Why Black Lung Disease Is Deadlier Than Ever Before

May 16, 2017
Smithsonian Magazine

More than 76,000 miners have died from black lung disease since 1968, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor. And now there's a resurgence of this deadly disease that should have been wiped out decades ago.

Stanley Sturgill talks of MTR mining consequences and moving to a Just Transition

June 16, 2017 at 02:06pm

Harlan County member Stanley Sturgill helped a ranking member of the U.S.

KFTC members speak out at hearing on mountaintop removal

June 14, 2017 at 01:19pm

On June 10, several members of KFTC went to Virginia for a congressional committee hearing on mountaintop removal in Virginia. This was a public forum with Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Arizona), the ranking Democratic member of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources. Rep. Grijalva was interested in hearing about the current and legacy impacts of mountaintop removal, including health impacts, and recent decisions by the Trump administration and Congress to take away stream protections and weaken environmental safeguards.

Trump, Congress must stand by coal communities

April 18, 2017
Lexington Herald-Leader

Coal-mining communities are the backbone of this country. For decades we’ve kept the lights on in America by sacrificing our personal well-being. We need Congress to act to protect the health and pension benefits under threat to expire at the end of this month.

Benham solar represents a much deeper transition plan

April 7, 2017 at 07:30am

The mountain community of Benham, Kentucky received a healthy dose of national attention recently when the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum announced it has installed solar panels to save thousands of dollars annually on its power bill.

Kentuckians organize for climate justice

April 6, 2017 at 10:36pm

This is a critical time in the movement to create jobs, protect our health and climate, and advance a just transition for affected workers and communities.

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