Representative Keith Hall

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A federal grand jury has charged a Kentucky lawmaker with paying bribes to a mine reclamation inspector to ignore violations.

Mines Associated With Lawmaker Rack Up Violations

Jun 10, 2013

PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- An influential eastern Kentucky legislator owns the permits on Pike County coal mines that have repeatedly been cited by the state for safety and environmental violations.

Rep. Keith Hall's Beech Creek Coal Co. and other companies that are mining coal on his permits have been cited since 2010 for dropping rocks on homes, mining outside of permitted areas, water pollution and failing to obey regulations on blasting, reclamation and maintaining slurry ponds.