Category Archives: environment

In defense of Kentucky mountains

A few days after hundreds of protestors marched on the state capitol and camped out at Gov. Steve Beshear’s capitol office in a demonstration against mountaintop removal, members of Congress passed a spending bill that significantly weakens the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate the mining practice. The legislation cuts $61 billion from the federal […]

“I’m about to pull an Egypt,” anti-MTR protester tells Mother Jones

Led by Kentucky author and poet Wendell Berry, a group of environmentalists opposed to mountain top removal have staged a sit-in in Frankfort that has gained a bit of national attention. From Mother Jones: The fight over MTR has been heating up at the national level since last month, when the Environmental Protection Agency vetoed a […]

State drought declarations lifted

After a record-breaking hot summer that brought little rainfall and impacted autumn, state officials announced on Monday that Kentucky’s drought has officially ended. From the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet: The Office of the State Climatologist and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, in coordination with the Kentucky Drought Mitigation Team (KDMT), lifted all drought […]

PPL purchase of LG&E, KU complete

The Pennsylvania-based PPL Corp. officially took control of the Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities yesterday, after acquiring the two utility companies from E.ON U.S. for $7.6 billion. The deal won’t have any immediate impact on local customers and no employee cuts will be made. After months of deliberation, the sale was approved […]

EPA hears coal ash comments as MTR protest gets buried

Yesterday, representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency listened to 11 hours worth of testimonies delivered by concerned citizens, environmental activists and pro-coal industry-types to aid the EPA in its adoption of new regulations for the toxic byproducts generated by the burning of coal (i.e. coal ash, fly ash, slurry, et al.). That this hearing took […]

A note on the Governor’s Environmental Conference

On October 20 and 21, the governor’s 34th annual Conference on the Environment will take place at Louisville’s Downtown Marriott Hotel, wherein members of industry and citizens who can afford the $175 ticket price for both days can attend workshops about “air quality regulations, coal mining and water quality issues, land preservation and conservation, renewable […]

Green against SW Jeff. Co. coal plant

News that the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority offered $7 million in incentives to an Australian company to build a new coal-drying plant in southwest Jefferson County didn’t get much press attention, but independent mayoral candidate Jackie Green used the announcement to call for greener jobs in Louisville. From The Courier-Journal: White Energy would invest […]

KFTC member graces “Countdown”

On last night’s Countdown with Giant Liberal Forehead Keith Olbermann, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth member Teri Blanton responded to Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul’s recent pro-coal statements. Blanton — whose brother, Ricky, died in a mining accident in 1999 — is introduced at the 3:15 mark. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news […]

Oil flow surges in Gulf spill

This is not good. From MSNBC: Oil was again gushing from the BP spill site on Wednesday after the company was forced to remove the containment cap when a robotic submarine hit a vent. The news came as officials also reported two deaths of people who had been hired for the response effort.

PPL Corporation to acquire E.ON U.S.

German power company E.ON AG has finalized a definitive agreement selling its Louisville-based U.S. unit to PPL Corporation, will acquire the parent company of Kentucky‘s two major utilities, Louisville Gas & Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company. The deal was valued at $7.625 billion, and gives the Pennsylvania based power company 1.2 million new customers. […]