Kentucky coal

What Did Life 'After Coal' Look Like In Wales?

Apr 6, 2016

Eastern Kentucky has lost nearly 10,000 coal industry jobs in the past eight years, and the region is in the midst of a conversation about economic transition.

Decades ago, the Welsh coalfields underwent a similar evolution.

There, in the 1980s, the coal mining areas of Wales collapsed. More than 20,000 people lost their jobs in just five years. But since then, locals have moved the area away from coal, and the region’s economy has rebounded somewhat.

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Two bills before the Kentucky House would change the way the state taxes coal that’s left in the ground.

The “unmined minerals tax” applies to minerals such as coal, gas, oil and limestone that aren’t currently being extracted.

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Kentucky regulators are petitioning the EPA to re-open the public comment period on the federal carbon dioxide rules that were finalized in June.

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A western Kentucky coal miner was killed early Wednesday morning at a mine in Webster County.

According to a news release issued by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, 29-year-old Rickey Thorpe of Dawson Springs was repairing a continuous miner head when it fell, crushing him.

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  Kentucky’s coal industry has recorded another dismal quarter, where both coal jobs and production have declined across the state.

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  A new report issued by several non-profit and for-profit corporations takes a deeper look at air pollution from power plants in the U.S.

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Coal jobs in Kentucky declined sharply in the first quarter of this year, according to the state’s latest quarterly coal report.

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Kentucky’s coal production and employment dropped only slightly in 2014, but sharper declines are likely in the future.

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet released its quarterly coal report for the fourth quarter of 2014 today. Preliminary data suggest the state produced 3.7 percent less coal in 2014 than in 2013. Coal employment declined by 2.8 percent over the same time period.

A settlement between the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and a coal company won’t be allowed to go forward after a Franklin County Circuit judge’s rejected the proposal Monday.

Mine foreman Rome Meade screamed his final words: "Back up! Back up!" he shouted, as a trailer loaded with concrete blocks weighing a total of 10,000 pounds smashed him into a conveyor belt.

Other miners rushed to help, running bent over in the underground coal mine that was only 3 to 5 feet high. When the trailer pulled away, Meade's crushed body crumpled to the floor. One miner shouted his name over and over. Another pressed fingers to Meade's neck, detecting a faint pulse.

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