coal mining http://wkyufm.org en With Mine Safety in the News, Kentucky Office Dealing with Big Budget Reduction http://wkyufm.org/post/mine-safety-news-kentucky-office-dealing-big-budget-reduction <p></p><p>As concerns rise about mine safety following an explosion in a Turkish coal mine that killed more than 200, Kentucky mine safety officials are coping with a 38 percent budget cut.</p><p>The state Office of Mine Safety and Licensing’s Dick Brown says $8.5 million in cuts will lead to eliminating some 50 positions across the state and cutting annual mine safety inspections from six to four.</p><p>The cuts also mean less safety training for miners.</p><p>“We’re going to have to be judicious in how we approach this and make sure, number one, that miners are as safe as we can possibly make them and that we can effectively keep them safe,” Brown said.</p><p>Brown expects a cut to the number of mine safety rescue teams as well. However, Madisonville’s KCTCS Mine Rescue Team receives private funding from coal companies and won’t be impacted by the budget cut. Thu, 15 May 2014 22:22:04 +0000 Chad Lampe 48114 at http://wkyufm.org With Mine Safety in the News, Kentucky Office Dealing with Big Budget Reduction Kentucky Receives $40 Million to Combat Coal Mining Hazards http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-receives-40-million-combat-coal-mining-hazards <p>The Office of Surface Mining has awarded Kentucky a $40 million grant to eliminate environmental hazards caused by past coal mining.</p><p>The money will go to the Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands</p><p>The grants go to 28 coal-producing states annually. They're funded by a fee on mined coal and are intended to repair unstable slopes, eliminate acid mine drainage and restore damaged water supplies.</p><p>Kentucky Natural Resources Commissioner Steve Hohmann said the grant money has been used in past years to close mine shafts and portals, put out mine fires, eliminate dangerous highwalls and subsidence and to provide drinking water to residents in mining communities. Sat, 23 Feb 2013 13:07:44 +0000 Associated Press 26933 at http://wkyufm.org Western Kentucky Miners Join Protest of Coal Company's Bankruptcy http://wkyufm.org/post/western-kentucky-miners-join-protest-coal-companys-bankruptcy <p>Union-backed coal miners in Kentucky and surrounding states are protesting a coal company’s bankruptcy proceedings they say jeopardizes pension and health care benefits for some 20-thousand retirees and dependents. Miners were picketing Wednesday outside Peabody Energy’s headquarters in St. Louis.</p><p>Two charter buses bound for St. Louis left early Wednesday morning from western Kentucky to join the protest led by the United Mine Workers of Amercia.</p><p>Peabody Energy is one of the nation’s largest coal companies and one of the companies the union accuses of orchestrating business deals that bankrupted Patriot Coal. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 19:23:19 +0000 Lisa Autry & Associated Press 26427 at http://wkyufm.org Expert: Kentucky Earthquake Not Due to Mining http://wkyufm.org/post/expert-kentucky-earthquake-not-due-mining <p>A University of Kentucky geologist says the 4.3 magnitude earthquake that shook eastern Kentucky over the weekend was too deep to be induced by the region's underground mining activity. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 20:37:20 +0000 Associated Press 22236 at http://wkyufm.org Daviess County Lawsuit Seeks to Stop Rezoning of Land for Coal Mining http://wkyufm.org/post/daviess-county-lawsuit-seeks-stop-rezoning-land-coal-mining <p>Five Daviess County residents have filed a lawsuit over a recent decision to allow coal mining on nearly 700 acres of land. The suit targets Daviess County Fiscal Court, the Owensboro Metropolitan Planning Commission, and Western Kentucky Minerals. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 19:43:35 +0000 Kevin Willis 19132 at http://wkyufm.org Daviess County Lawsuit Seeks to Stop Rezoning of Land for Coal Mining Daviess County Leaders Give the Go-Ahead for Further Coal Mining http://wkyufm.org/post/daviess-county-leaders-give-go-ahead-further-coal-mining <p>Daviess County Fiscal Court has voted to allow a company&#39;s request to rezone 700 acres of land for coal mining. However, both supporters and opponents of the move say the issue isn&#39;t settled yet. Fri, 03 Aug 2012 01:29:49 +0000 Kevin Willis 16676 at http://wkyufm.org Daviess County Commissioners to Decide on Possible Mining Expansion http://wkyufm.org/post/daviess-county-commissioners-decide-possible-mining-expansion <p>Daviess County Fiscal Court will vote Thursday evening on whether it should uphold a decision to rezone nearly 700 acres for coal mining. The Owensboro Metropolitan Planning Commission narrowly approved the request in May. Thu, 02 Aug 2012 13:21:53 +0000 Kevin Willis 16639 at http://wkyufm.org Daviess County Commissioners to Decide on Possible Mining Expansion