Story by Michaela Ballard for the Richmond Register. Find the original article here.
The walls of the Acton Folk Center were lined with people without room to sit Tuesday night during the first Frack Free Foothills community forum.
The group was formed after energy companies began approaching landowners of the Red Lick and Clear Creek areas seeking to lease mineral rights for hydraulic fracturing.
Those in attendance had many questions for speakers Bill Hughes of Wetzel County, W.Va., and Tom Fitzgerald of the Kentucky Resources Council.
Story by Josh James for WUKY. Find the original article here.
A coalition of groups and individuals concerned about the effect fracking could have in Kentucky is gathering Tuesday night in Berea.
With oil and gas companies taking a new look at regions of the state previously untouched by exploration, environmental groups are gearing up for a fight. Activist Craig Williams is with Frack Free Foothills.
Article written by Vickie Welborn for the Shreveport Times. Find the original story here.
Advanced treatment technologies that safely destroy explosive materials are at work across the country and should have been considered rather than an open burn at Camp Minden to destroy over 15 million pounds of M6 propellant, experts agreed Thursday in a morning telephone news conference.
Solutions and alternatives are keys to "breaking the stalemate on having a government agency saying this is the way we are going to do it without involving the people," said Craig Williams, executive director of the Chemical Weapons Working Group in Berea, Ky., where a similar fight was waged in the 1990s. Citizens there formed a coalition opposing the construction of chemical weapons incinerators and were successful in passing federal legislation mandating the research and implementation of safer, non-incinerator methods.
Written by KEF Outreach Coordinator Shelly Biesel as an op-editorial for the Courier-Journal, find the original version here.
Perhaps the most accurate statement regarding the 2015 Government Spending Bill came from Sen. John McCain, who was quoted saying "it's jammed full of sh--." The "cromnibus" bill appropriates $1.01 trillion, and will keep most government offices in operation through September. Though House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers called the bill "a win for Kentucky," it depends on how you look at it. Personally, the bill makes me uneasy. Here's why:
Story written by Andy McDonald and originally published in the Richmond Register. Find the original article here.
Environmental activist Craig Williams urged the city of Berea to go on record Tuesday in opposition to hydraulic fracturing in the Berea area. The controversial method of extracting oil and gas from deep shale beds could potentially degrade the water, air and soil in all of Madison County, he said.
The same request will be presented to the Madison Fiscal Court and the Richmond City Commission, Williams added.
“Needless to say, there are countless people who are concerned about having this sort of exploration and drilling occur in this region,” he said, addressing the council on behalf of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation (KEF).
Written by KEF Health Coordinator Deborah Payne as an op-ed for the Lexington Herald-Leader; find the original op-ed here.
It was Christmas time in 2008 when the wall of a coal combustion waste impoundment pond collapsed, inundating Kingston, Tenn., with over 1 billion gallons of toxic sludge.
Last month, almost six years later, the Environmental Protection Agency released a long-awaited rule on the classification and management of coal combustion waste, or coal ash, the byproduct that results when coal is burned to produce electricity.
The development of the rule involved an extended series of public hearings, a comment period and then a long wait — over two years — to hear how new federal policies would impact the way we manage coal ash. Health advocates hoped for better storage practices, a classification as a toxic waste and federal oversight.
And the verdict is in: Industry will remain in charge of its own practices, which means, without much oversight things may roll on with "business as usual."
Article written by Gregory D. Squires and John Gilderbloom for the National Housing Institute's Rooftop Blog. Access the original version here.
How do you win an election in any red Southern state? If you are running as a senator the conventional wisdom is you condemn government as an enemy of working families rather than an institution for safeguarding health, safety and welfare of citizens. Senate candidates in Kentucky have run thousands of commercials attacking, “Obama’s war on coal” claiming it kills jobs and our “way of life.” When will the news media put these claims on a truth meter? Or, as Steven Colbert would say, what is their level of “truthiness?”
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