A St. Louis-based coal company with mines throughout the region has agreed to phase out its mountaintop removal sites. Patriot Coal agreed to the measure as part of a settlement that grants the company more time to control water pollution at its mines in West Virginia.
The Hopkins County Joint Planning Commission is reviewing the city of Hanson’s laws to allow mining within city limits. The city passed an ordinance in 1990 banning mining. But Mayor Charles Young says Alliance Coal has purchased land within city limits, and the city commission wants to allow them to use the land for underground mining.
Proposed zoning for a surface mine is causing quite a stir in Daviess County, Kentucky. The mine would be in a rural area outside of Owensboro called Pleasant Ridge- where mining has existed for decades. This mine, though, would be located next to a Girl Scout camp. Rose Krzton-Presson explores what this means not only for the camp, but for Pleasant Ridge, Owensboro, and Daviess County’s economic growth in recent years.
The involvement of a state representative in a major coal deal in Kentucky is raising some eyebrows. Under the terms of a new $7 billion contract, Kentucky coal producers will ship nine million tons of coal a year to India for the next twenty-five years. Representative Keith Hall was instrumental in brokering the deal—and he represents both the people of Kentucky and his own private coal interests.