Coal and Water News

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.

KFTC members "All In" during exciting annual meeting

August 25, 2015 at 10:15am

EmPower Kentucky panel at 2015 Annual Meeting

KFTC members affirmed once again that we are “all in” for a better Kentucky.

Celebration of Tanya Turner

At the 2015 Annual Membership Meeting August 21-23, members from across Kentucky gathered at General Butler State Park to strategize, envision, share ideas and have fun together.

Johns Hopkins Defies Senator Over Black Lung Probe

April 17, 2015
ABC News

The CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine has turned down U.S. Sen.

Ky. senators offer no leadership for E. Ky., ignore environment

June 29, 2015
Lexington Herald-Leader

Cleaning up the coal industry's legacy pollution seems a better idea than letting them create more of it. Community and economic development projects that could be funded through the Power+ Initiative would extend the benefits of the environmental cleanup. It makes good sense.

Elizabeth Wooten, early KFTC leader, has passed away

June 24, 2015 at 11:43pm

Elizabeth Wooten, a KFTC member who helped lead the campaign in the 1980s to do away with the broad form deed, died on Monday. She was 91.

Elizabeth and her family fought for many years to protect their land from the strip mining that was rampant in Perry County. The book Making History: The First Ten Years of KFTC, included the following description:

On December 3, 1983, dozens of KFTC members rallied near Bulan at the farm of Perry County widow Elizabeth Wooten … to express their opposition to broad form deeds and their resolve to fight as long as necessary to end their abuses. The Wooten farm lay like a near island, almost surrounded by oceans of strip-mined land. The family had been fighting in court for months to keep Marandco Coal, holder of a broad form deed, off the property, where Elizabeth’s husband was buried. “Before my husband died, he asked [the family] not to let them come on here and strip mine,” Wooten said. “And we’re going to honor that promise. What kind of people would we be if we didn’t?”

With Wooten among the movement’s leaders, KFTC members helped passed a law in the 1984 General Assembly that outlawed the abuses of the broad form deed (these were deeds signed in the late 1800s / early 1900s that severed the ownership of the minerals under the land from the ownership of the land itself; in the 1950s the Kentucky courts interpreted these deeds to allow the mineral owner to strip mine the land without the permission of the surface land owner, and with no obligation to compensate for the damages done).

Apply to attend 7-day training with Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition!

May 15, 2015 at 12:59pm

Are you a young person (under 30) interested in building a diverse, powerful, youth-led environmental movement in Kentucky? Or do you know folks who fit that description? If so, check out this awesome opportunity to attend an 7-day intensive leadership development camp hosted by the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition.

The training program, called Catalyst, will take place July 26-August 2 at the Life Adventure Center in Versailles, Kentucky. Participants will learn skills to launch and sustain effective campaigns for change on their campuses and in their communities. The program will maintain an emphasis on anti-oppression, inclusion, and relationship-building for the long-haul.

Brooklyn sends love to the mountains

April 10, 2015 at 01:50pm

 

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