Mtn. Talk Monday: East KY Leadership Conference

This episode features highlights from the East Kentucky Leadership Conference with keynote speaker Earl Gohl who is the federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). You will also hear from Peter Hille the Executive Director of Mountain Association of Community Economic Development (MACED). More than $100 million in new federal funding has been committed to projects serving eastern Kentucky over the past year. These highlights explain how some of it was put to use.

Also, from the Ohio Valley ReSource hear some analysis on three ideas that could help mend things in coal country. And, from Homefront Chronicles, hear how one Seattle mother created a safe place for mom’s to cut loose and be free.

*Music featured in this episode was “Hightop Shoes” by George Gibson from his Last Possum Up the Tree album on the JuneAppal label.

Courtesy of Ohio Valley ReSource

Courtesy of Ohio Valley ReSource

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Mountain Talk is WMMT’s twice-weekly community space for conversation, airing each Monday & Wednesday from 6-7 p.m.  Mountain Talk programs focus on a variety of topics related to life in the mountains, including: food, community issues, art, health, and more.  Click here to hear past programs.

Coal Report for May 10, 2017

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Despite President Trump’s promises to put coal miners back to work, Kentucky’s coal industry still saw a loss in coal jobs for the first quarter at a 3.3% drop statewide. According to Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet, eastern Kentucky coal jobs fell 4.6% in the first quarter. However, Kentucky Coal Association president Tyler White said that the numbers were promising. Continue reading Coal Report for May 10, 2017

Coal Report for May 3, 2017

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The water infrastructure bill which was passed last year through Congress allowed for states to set up their own systems for issuing coal ash disposal permits. However, critics of the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards have said that the regulations have made it more costly and difficult to handle waste from the burning of coal at coal fired power plants. Monday, head of the EPA under President Trump, Scott Pruitt issued an advisory to states saying the the administration was working on plans that would give the states more flexibility in determining how they dispose of coal ash. Continue reading Coal Report for May 3, 2017

Coal Report for April 19, 2017

 

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Dennis Fillinger, age 62, of Harts, W. Va. lost his life April 6th to injuries sustained while working underground as section foreman for C K Coal Corporation’s Mine No. 5 in Mingo County in southern West Virginia. On February 23, Fillinger was struck by a piece of rock “approximately 3 feet wide by 2 feet long by 3 to 4 inches thick,” the Mine Safety and Health Administration reports. He was administered first aid and then transported to a local medical center, where he remained hospitalized until his passing. Fillinger had 38 years’ total experience in coal mining, but had worked only 10 weeks at the C K Coal operation. WMMT would like to send our condolences to Fillinger’s family, friends, and co-workers.

 

A Coal Company Is Planning A Major Solar Project on a Former Kentucky Strip Mine

 

How Asian Politics Could Affect U.S. Coal

 

The Coal Report is a weekly production of WMMT. It is assembled from newspapers and press services and reports coal-related material as these sources give it. It does not represent the opinion of WMMT on the matters discussed. Our aim is to reflect both local developments regarding coal and the big picture we’re a part of. For feedback, comments, or questions, email [email protected]

Coal Report for April 12, 2017

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It may seem somewhat paradoxical, Kentucky’s Coal Mining Museum located in Harlan County being powered by solar, but as of last week work began to install solar panels that the museum operators hope will save them between $8,000-$10,000 yearly in costs. Brandon Robinson, communications director of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, which owns the museum, told WYMT-TV (quote), “It is a little ironic. But you know, coal and solar and all the different energy sources work hand-in-hand. And, of course, coal is still king around here.” (end quote) Tre Sexton the owner of Bluegrass Solar located in Whitesburg who is installing the panels told EKB-TV (quote) “I know the irony is pretty prevalent. Continue reading Coal Report for April 12, 2017

Coal Report for April 5, 2017

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Joseph W. Partin aged 33 lost his life at the Green Hill Mining No. 51 surface mine March 30th, when a 15 foot tall section of rock collapsed.  Partin was performing maintenance work.  Federal inspection records reveal no serious violations at the mine since 2005.  This is the second death occurring at eastern Kentucky mines in 2017, matching the total deaths for all of 2016.  WMMT offers our condolences to the family, friend, and co-workers of Mr. Partin.

Black Lung Update: Federal Researchers Seek Allies in Appalachia

Lawmakers Ask Trump for More Black Lung Funding

The Coal Report is a weekly production of WMMT. It is assembled from newspapers and press services and reports coal-related material as these sources give it. It does not represent the opinion of WMMT on the matters discussed. Our aim is to reflect both local developments regarding coal and the big picture we’re a part of. For feedback, comments, or questions, email [email protected]