coal mining http://wkms.org en Regulators Couldn't Close U.S. Mine Despite Poor Safety Record http://wkms.org/post/regulators-couldnt-close-us-mine-despite-poor-safety-record The West Virginia mine where two workers were fatally injured on Monday consistently violated federal mine safety laws, but federal regulators say they were unable to shut it down completely.<p>The Mine Safety and Health Administration confirmed that two workers were killed on May 12 when coal and rocks burst from mine walls at Patriot Coal's Brody No. 1 mine in Boone County, W.Va.<p>MSHA says one victim was operating a mining machine and the other was drilling bolts into the roof of the mine, a process that prevents rockfalls. Thu, 15 May 2014 14:22:11 +0000 Howard Berkes & Anna Boiko-Weyrauch 40580 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Senate Budget to Restore Number of Mine Inspections http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-senate-budget-restore-number-mine-inspections <p>The Kentucky Senate will likely restore funding to conduct coal mine inspections in the state budget.</p><p>Currently, mines get six state inspections a year. A previous draft of the budget cut the number to two.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senate President Robert </span>Stivers<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says his chamber will likely restore funding for six inspections.</span></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:26:56 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39517 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Senate Budget to Restore Number of Mine Inspections Beshear Administration Warns Senate Budget Could Be Devastating to Coal Mine Safety http://wkms.org/post/beshear-administration-warns-senate-budget-could-be-devastating-coal-mine-safety The Kentucky Senate has passed its version of the budget, and the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet is warning it could have dire consequences for coal mine safety.<p>The Senate’s version of the budget cuts the amount of money the state’s Office of Mine Safety and Licensing to $2,643,200. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:15:47 +0000 Erica Peterson 39457 at http://wkms.org Beshear Administration Warns Senate Budget Could Be Devastating to Coal Mine Safety House Panel OKs New Incentives for Coal Industry http://wkms.org/post/house-panel-oks-new-incentives-coal-industry <p>A state House panel has unanimously approved a bill to provide tax incentives to the ailing coal industry.</p><p>House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins says his bill will permit tax breaks on machinery and manufacturing for coal-related companies. The Democrat says the breaks are similar to incentives enjoyed by car manufacturing plants in the state and reduce economic strain on the industry.</p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:46:47 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39329 at http://wkms.org House Panel OKs New Incentives for Coal Industry Listen to WKMS News Documentary 'Western Kentucky Coal: Places, People, and Power' http://wkms.org/post/listen-wkms-news-documentary-western-kentucky-coal-places-people-and-power <p><strong><em>Debuting Sunday, September 1 at 9 am</em></strong></p><p>The words "Kentucky Coal" often summon images of the blackened faces of miners emerging from the dark pits of the eastern mountains. In fact, coal mining in the Commonwealth began long before, in the Western Coal Fields of the 1820s. Ever since, from the first mines of McLean's Drift Bank in Muhlenberg County, to the massive operations beneath many western counties, coal has been a major part of our region's life, its politics, and its economy.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.jennmar.com/">Made possible with the underwriting support of Jennmar</a>.</p><p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 17:24:19 +0000 Matt Markgraf 34358 at http://wkms.org Listen to WKMS News Documentary 'Western Kentucky Coal: Places, People, and Power' Number Of Black Lung Cases Amongst Coal Miners Increases http://wkms.org/post/number-black-lung-cases-amongst-coal-miners-increases <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over the decades, great gains have been made in reducing black lung disease among coal miners.&nbsp;But, recently, there’s been an uptick in the sometimes fatal condition.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Fifty years ago, Central Appalachian Education and Research Center Director Wayne Sanderson said about a third of all miners contracted black lung.&nbsp;&nbsp;Today, the potentially deadly disease afflicts about four to five percent of miners.&nbsp;&nbsp;And, Sanderson said, that number’s climbing.</p><p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 16:05:16 +0000 Stu Johnson (KPR) 34320 at http://wkms.org Number Of Black Lung Cases Amongst Coal Miners Increases Mine Safety Official Says Fatality-Free Year Achievable http://wkms.org/post/mine-safety-official-says-fatality-free-year-achievable <p></p><p>It’s never happened, but a leading official in the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration believes a fatality-free year in coal mining is achievable.&nbsp;</p><p>Joe Main, who the Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Mine Safety and Health Administration was in Lexington for the Central Appalachian Regional Work Safety and Health Symposium.&nbsp;Just forty years ago, before the U-S Mine Safety Act, Main says a miner was killed every day. Last year, he says, 36 American miners died with 20 of them claimed by coal. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 20:37:16 +0000 Stu Johnson (KPR) 34235 at http://wkms.org Mine Safety Official Says Fatality-Free Year Achievable Excavations Begin for New McLean County Mine http://wkms.org/post/excavations-begin-new-mclean-county-mine <p>Excavation work is underway at a new coal mine in McClean county that could create upwards of 250 jobs.</p><p>Lexington-based Rhino Resources Partners is&nbsp;digging the mine near Beech Grove by the Green River.</p><p>Company officials hope to begin mining within the year.&nbsp; The mine is expected to produce about eight-hundred-thousand tons of coal in its first year of operations in 2015, but estimates put the deposit at two-million tons per year in the future.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 19:36:41 +0000 Austin Ramsey 32732 at http://wkms.org Excavations Begin for New McLean County Mine Audit Finds Lack of Mine Inspectors in Illinois http://wkms.org/post/audit-finds-lack-mine-inspectors-illinois <p></p><p>State auditors say the Illinois Department of Natural Resources didn't employ enough mine-safety inspectors the past two years to comply with state law.</p><p>An Illinois Auditor General's report released yesterday says the department had 10 inspectors for more than 40 mines. The state Coal Mining Act calls for at least 16 inspectors. Fri, 05 Apr 2013 11:44:42 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 30192 at http://wkms.org Audit Finds Lack of Mine Inspectors in Illinois Patriot Coal Agrees to Close Mountaintop Removal Mines http://wkms.org/post/patriot-coal-agrees-close-mountaintop-removal-mines <p></p><p>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. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 13:36:28 +0000 Erica Peterson (KPR) 24590 at http://wkms.org Patriot Coal Agrees to Close Mountaintop Removal Mines