Commentary written by Deborah Payne for the Courier-Journal, find the original version here.
Ask any parent of an asthmatic child waiting for treatment in an emergency room whether or not they've worried about the expense and they will likely tell you it's a hit to the family budget. With as many as 1 in 7 Kentucky kids suffering from asthma, our citizens spend millions of dollars annually to treat the condition, largely triggered by poor air quality.
Op-ed written by Deborah Payne for the Lexington Herald-Leader, find original version here.
Ask any parent of an asthmatic child waiting for treatment in an emergency room whether or not they've worried about the expense, and they will likely tell you it's a hit to the family budget.
With as many as 1 in 7 Kentucky kids suffering from asthma, our citizens spend millions of dollars annually to treat the condition, largely triggered by poor air quality.
Original story by Bill Estep for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Find the original article here.
Coal interests and Republican politicians in Kentucky cheered Monday's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that federal environmental regulators failed to properly consider the costs of complying with a rule to cut mercury and other pollutants from power plants.
Environmentalists, however, decried the decision as a setback for public health.
Written by Andy McDonald for KYNews.org. Find the original story here.
First it was the anti-discrimination ordinance. Now it is the local initiative to have the city of Berea voice opposition to hydraulic fracking in southern Madison County.
Once again, Diane Kerby is stepping up to take the lead on an issue that’s not without some controversy. At the end of last week’s meeting before the Berea City Council, Kerby requested to have an item added to next week’s agenda.
Kerby is urging the city to draft an ordinance that would strongly state the city’s opposition to oil exploration in the area through the use of fracking, a practice the Kentucky Environmental Foundation has declared to be a threat to water, soil and air quality in Red Lick and other areas. Local environmental advocate Craig Williams provided a template for the ordinance.
Article written by Kelley Davidson for Occupy.com. Find the original story here.
Energy companies are quietly scrambling to lease mineral rights from Eastern Kentuckian landowners, but this time they’re not after coal.
Buried two miles under Central and Eastern Kentucky lies the Rogersville Shale, a vast reservoir of shale oil and natural gas. Because of its immense depth, Rogersville Shale was previously unreachable, though energy companies have recently revived interest in tapping that resource through fracking.
But in Berea, Kentucky, an artsy small town 20 minutes south of Lexington, citizens have been spreading awareness about the health and environmental devastation caused by fracking, and a movement to resist the companies' plans is building.
Article written and published by the Citizen Voice and Times. Find the original story here.
An estimated 400 people, including several from Estill County, attended an informational meeting about hydraulic fracturing in Berea last Tuesday night, January 27. The event was organized with the intent to educate the public about fracking and to offer people opportunities to ask questions.
Bill Hughes, from Wetzel County, West Virginia, was one of the speakers. He has extensively documented the process of fracking in his home county.
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.
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:
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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