After Years of State Failure to Protect Critical Waters, Citizens Step Up Actions to Require EPA to Enforce Clean Water Protections in West Virginia and Kentucky
KFTC and the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit against the the U.S. EPA based on the agency’s failure to response to a five-year old petition to revoke Kentucky’s authority to enforce a key program under federal Clean Water Act. Since the original petition, Kentucky officials have continued a systematic failure to enforce the Clean Water Act.
State regulators ignore clean water protections and enforcement
For the second time in the last four years, citizens groups have uncovered widespread falsification of water quality reports by Frasure Creek Mining, which has a number of permits in eastern Kentucky. State officials have not noticed or refused to act on the tens of thousands of violations documented by the groups.
Smoketown residents’ ideas for their neighborhood’s future will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 21 with the release of the Vision Smoketown Report. Members of the community, local organizations and businesses, government officials, and the press will have an opportunity to pick up copies of the report, hear a summary of the findings, and ask report authors questions about the results.
Oil and gas "land men" offering rotten deals to Kentucky landowners, the author explains.
In Kentucky, the wealthiest residents pay the lowest overall state and local tax rate as documented in a new edition of a study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.
Oil and gas drilling companies have been leasing tens of thousands of acres in eastern and central Kentucky, anticipating a huge fracking boom.