Kentucky Coal Mining
The Dark Side & What They Dont Want You To Know.
If It looks Wrong It Probably Is.
The Office of Surface Mining. A bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior with responsibility, in cooperation with the states and Indian Tribes, to protect citizens and the environment during mining and reclamation, and to reclaim mines abandoned before 1977.
The Division of Mine Permits, along with the Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement and the Division of Abandoned Mine Lands, administers the surface coal mining regulatory program in Kentucky.
The Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement (DMRE) is responsible for inspecting all surface and underground coal mining permits in the state to assure compliance with the 1977 Federal Surface Mining Control Act (SMCRA).
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, 123 CONG.REC. H7673, July 22, 1977
H7674 Mr. SEIBERLING. I thank the Chairman, and am gratified that his understanding accords with my own on this point. I would like to note, however, that the language in question could make a significant difference. In the case of Commerce Union Bank v. Kinkade, 540 S.W.2d 861 (1976), the Supreme Court of Kentucky concluded that conveyances which granted the right to mine coal under the land and gave grantees the right to such surface space as necessary for mining did not grant the right to mine by the surface mining method nor did they indicate that it was intended by the parties to the conveyance that the mineral owner's right to use the surface would be superior to any competing rights of the surface owner.
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The Kentucky legislature convenes in regular session on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January for 60 days of even-numbered years and for 30 days in odd-numbered years. It convenes in special sessions at the call of the governor. The Kentucky Constitution mandates that a regular session be completed no later than April 15 in even-numbered years and March 30 in odd-numbered years.
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