Appalachian Coal Mining

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A West Virginia coal billionaire has more than 250 pending violations at mining operations in Kentucky and four other states.

Senator Mitch McConnell and other GOP lawmakers filed an amicus brief Monday in a case involving EPA powers.

A former Minnesota lawmaker and his father told a gathering in Appalachia that the future of the coal industry may lie in cooperation and innovation.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will spend more than $180,000 to run a TV ad across Kentucky promoting Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

Thousands of coal miners gathered at the Capitol in Washington Tuesday to rally against Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

CHARLESTON, W.Va.- Changes to federal black lung rules are expected to make it easier for coal miners and their families to obtain benefits.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A federal court decision has cleared the way for James River Coal to mine 756 acres of mountain on the Perry-Knott county line. A U.S. District Judge ruled the Army Corps of Engineers does not have to consider the cumulative health impact caused by surface mining before it issues a permit.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Political leaders from coal-rich Kentucky were quick to denounce climate change initiatives announced by President Barack Obama, saying efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions will hurt the state's mining industry and drive up energy costs.

Report Says More Woes For Appalachian Coal Mining

May 14, 2013

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A new report says hard times are expected to continue for the coal industry in Central Appalachia, which at one time was the hub of the nation's coal production.

Coal business in the mountains of eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia is facing declining reserves, higher production costs and competition from other coal basins and natural gas.