Coal and Water News

We Are Kentuckians Rally on January 5th

December 21, 2015 at 08:28am
Let’s start the new year off with a declaration at our Capitol!

We have a shared vision for Kentucky. We have momentum, with raising the wage in Lexington and restoring voting rights. Now is the time for us to work even harder together, to grow stronger, and build new power.

Be in Frankfort on January 5th to shout our vision for a better Kentucky.

Kentuckians overwhelmingly want a ban on hydraulic fracking

December 14, 2015 at 12:33am

Kentuckians who testified at three public hearings last summer or submitted written comments overwhelmingly want strict controls or an outright ban on high-volume hydraulic fracking.

Historic settlement reached with coal company over EKy water pollution violations

December 8, 2015 at 10:41am

A coalition of citizens groups entered a settlement with Frasure Creek Mining and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet that resolves years of Clean Water Act violations numbering in the thousands at the company’s surface coal mines in eastern Kentucky.

Senators Voting to Block EPA Rules Received 17 Times as Much Money from the Coal Mining Industry

November 17, 2015

U.S. Senators voting to block EPA’d climate change rules received, on average, 17 times as much money ($75,802) from the coal mining industry compared to senators voting against them ($4,464) between April 1, 2009 and March 31, 2015. Thirteen senators, including both Kentucky senators – Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul – received more than $100,000 from the coal mining industry.

Health Care at Risk for 12,000 Retired Miners and Their Families

October 27, 2015
ProPublica

Peabody Energy, the nation’s largest coal company, is seeking release from a pledge to pay into a health insurance fund.

How can Kentucky transform its energy system?

October 22, 2015
Courier Journal

KFTC creating a 'people's plan' to cut carbon pollution

October 21, 2015
Lexington Herald Leader

This is great coverage from the Lexington Herald Leader about the launch of KFTC's Empower Kentucky project. The article quotes KFTC members Steve Wilkins and Chris Porter, among others. 

Group pushing for state residents to formulate a Clean Power Plan

October 21, 2015
The State Journal

This article describes Empower Kentucky, a project of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth aimed at getting community stakeholders to formulate their own clean energy plan by June 2016 in response to the EPA’s new Clean Power Plan.

Solar and wind power surge as mining and drilling falter

October 19, 2015
Dallas Morning News

While the production of fossil fuels drops in the U.S., solar and wind power is skyrocketing as technology and cheaper financing drive down the costs.

Members ask for strong protections for streams affected by mining

September 24, 2015 at 02:14pm

Members of KFTC, the Sierra Club, Kentucky Waterways Alliance, Appalachian Citizens Law Center, Kentucky Conservation Committee, Appalachian Voices, Kentucky Resources Council and others had a strong presence at a public hearing September 3 to advocate for the strongest possible protections for water in communities where coal is mined and downstream.

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