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Mtn. News: Environmental, Community, & Individual Health

Mtn. News: Environmental, Community, & Individual Health

In this episode we’re talking about coal company bankruptcies, creative uses for abandoned mine lands funds, and diabetes prevention.

First: the recent bankruptcy of coal giant Murray Energy has caused concern among coal industry experts about the fate of coal miners’ pensions. And this summer’s Blackjewel bankruptcy left the fate of dozens of unreclaimed mines up in the air. WMMT’s Sydney Boles speaks this week to Cornell University visiting assistant professor Josh Macey about the ways coal companies use bankruptcy to avoid cleaning up the land and paying employees. 

Then, from Ohio Valley Resource Reporter Becca Schimmel we learn about how Murray Energy’s bankruptcy could bring a collapse of coal miners’ pensions. And, from OVR Reporter Brittany Patterson we learn about Harlan County, Kentucky’s Portal 31 Coal Mine Tour.

Portal 31 in Harlan County, KY takes visitors on a tour of an abandoned coal mine. Photo by Brittany Patterson for the Ohio Valley Resource.


And last for National Diabetes Month, Parker Hobson brings us a story about prediabetes and diabetes prevention.  If you live around here, the odds are sadly pretty good that you know somebody with type 2 Diabetes. But according to the federal Centers for Disease Control, 1 out of every 3 American adults also has something called prediabetes, which basically means you’re officially in the danger zone for developing type 2 diabetes, unless you can make some lifestyle changes.

 In a new series, WMMT is sharing stories from people in our community who are dealing with diabetes and prediabetes.  Today, we hear from Patsy Adams, who’s from right here in Letcher County.

Music on this episode features Nate Polly with a tune called “Coal Black Gold” from his 2018 album Headed Back. That album was released by Appalshop’s own Juneappal Recordings. This episode was hosted & produced by Rachel Garringer.






appalachian history,
arts & culture,
coal industry,
economic transition,