Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands Funds Knott County Waterline Supply Project

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 31, 2018) – The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has announced an $850,000 grant from the Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands (KDAML) will be used to design and construct a drinking water line to serve approximately 58 homes along Runnels Branch, in central Knott County.

The grant, which uses funds from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), was issued to the Knott County Water and Sewer District (KCWSD), which will install over 7,000 feet of water supply pipeline later this year or early 2019, with KDAML oversight.

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$2.55 Million Abandoned Mine Lands Pilot Grant Announced for Portal 31 Exhibition Mine

BENHAM, Ky. (Oct. 18, 2018) – U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05), U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Governor Matt Bevin today announced a $2.55 million Abandoned Mine Lands Pilot Grant to restore and enhance the Portal 31 Exhibition Mine and create a scenic overlook and parking area at Black Mountain.

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Abandoned Mine Lands awarded the grant to Harlan County Fiscal Court as part of the Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Pilot Program to revitalize the coalfields in Kentucky’s Appalachian region.

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$4 Million Abandoned Mine Lands Pilot Grant Announced for EastPark Industrial Park

ASHLAND, Ky. (Oct. 17, 2018) – U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05), U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Governor Matt Bevin today announced a $4 million Abandoned Mine Lands Pilot Grant to do site preparation work at the EastPark Industrial Park.

The grant was awarded by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Abandoned Mine Lands to Northeast Kentucky Regional Industrial Park Authority (EastPark), as part of the 2017 Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Pilot Program to revitalize the coalfields in Kentucky’s Appalachian region.

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Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet presents Awards at its Conference on Energy and the Environment

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2018) – The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet presented 13 environmental awards October 12 at its annual Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment at the Lexington Convention Center.

The awards reflect a commitment by those honored to preserving and enhancing the Commonwealth through energy efficiency, soil conservation, mine land reclamation, farmland stewardship or innovation.

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Environmental Advocate Fitzgerald Honored, 2018 Governor’s Conference Concludes

IMG_3605.JPGTom Fitzgerald, who has spent nearly four decades advocating for those, “downhill, downwind and downstream,” as was inscribed upon his award, was the recipient of the 2018 Secretary’s Award at the Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment.

Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely presented “Fitz,” as he is widely known, with the award at the conclusion of the Awards Luncheon on Friday afternoon.

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2018 Governor’s Conference on Energy and Environment Wraps Day One

Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Kicked off the 2018 Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment with remarks about the future of Kentucky’s energy profile, environmental regulations and continuing to keep Kentucky’s environment and citizens protected.

IMG_3483Governor Matt Bevin was the keynote speaker on the first day of the conference. The governor touted his energy policies, covered cyber security, the changing energy landscape and updating the power grid. He also took questions from the audience which included a discussion on subsidizing alternative energy forms.

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Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands Wins National Reclamation Award

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 31, 2018) – The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) has honored the Kentucky Department for Natural Resources, Division of Abandoned Mine Lands (KDAML) for its Joan Bernat Slide High Priority (HP) AML Reclamation Project.

It is the second, successive year that KDAML has won OSMRE’s Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Appalachian Region Award. Last year KDAML won the award for reclamation work on the Bell Central School HP AML Reclamation Project.

“I congratulate each of the KDAML employees, who through their expertise and professionalism routinely exceed expectations in projects such as this,” Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely said. “This award is well deserved.”

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