For years, people in eastern and western Kentucky where coal is mined – and all of us downstream – have been waiting for the new “Stream Protection Rule” from the Obama administration.
Now we have it, and it’s the subject of a public hearing on Thursday, September 3 in Lexington. It would send a loud and clear message that we want a Stream Protection Rule that actually protects our streams if we all showed up.
See KFTC written comments HERE.
The U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement has issued a draft Stream Protection Rule that is supposed to protect streams from the impacts of coal mining. This Lexington hearing (one of six around the country) will allow the public to comment on the proposed rule. Speakers will have up to two minutes each.
Two legislative committee hearings in July focused on pipeline safety in Kentucky.
On July 16, KFTC member Bob Pekny joined Rep. David Floyd to talk about the Pipeline Safety Bill that was introduced in the 2015 legislative session.
“Kentucky is crisscrossed with pipelines of various sorts, most of them related to energy” Rep. Floyd told the Interim Joint Committee on Economic Development and Tourism. “We believe an increase in precautions would be wise.”