FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 24, 2014 Frankfort, KY — The Franklin Circuit Court today issued two long-awaited orders rejecting settlement deals between the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and Frasure Creek Mining arising from the coal company’s thousands of violations of the Clean Water Act from 2008 through 2011. In extraordinarily vigorous language, Judge Phillip Shepherd said that due to the coal company’s...

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Last week a federal grand jury handed down a four-count criminal indictment against former coal company CEO Don Blankenship. In an editorial, the Lexington Herald-Leader writes, “Justice is being served in the preventable disaster that killed 29 coal miners at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia in 2010, thanks to the determined efforts of U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and his assistant Steven Ruby.”...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 17, 2014 State regulators ignore clean water protections and enforcement   Eastern Kentucky – Over the course of 2013 and 2014, Frasure Creek Mining – one of the largest coal mining companies in Kentucky – sent the state false pollution reports containing almost 28,000 violations of federal law, and the Kentucky Energy and the Environment Cabinet failed to detect the falsifications, according to a...

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John Grisham’s newly released novel Gray Mountain takes what the Washington Post describes as a “searing look” at the complex issues of the Appalachian coalfields, from black lung to mountaintop removal. Featuring a lawyer working at an Appalachian non-profit law firm, the book includes an author’s note acknowledging the work of the Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center and particularly the contributions of...

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