Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet News

Kentucky Coal Miner Dies in Accident

A coal miner has died from injuries suffered in an accident at a western Kentucky mine. A statement from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet says 39-year-old Jeremy Elder of Providence died Thursday from critical injuries in a vehicle accident …

Kentucky to Fine Jim Beam Over Warehouse Fire, Bourbon Spill

Authorities say Jim Beam will be fined for the warehouse fire that contaminated nearby waters with bourbon and killed fish. Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet spokesman John Mura tells WKYT-TV that there will be a penalty. He says the state …

Bourbon Spilled from Kentucky Jim Beam Warehouse Heading to Ohio River

Bourbon that leaked from a fire that destroyed a Jim Beam barrel warehouse in Kentucky is making its way to the Ohio River. State environmental officials say they’re assessing wildlife impacts and doing fish kill counts along the waterways near …

120K Gallons of Whiskey Spilled, 2 Injured at Kentucky Distillery

Roughly 120,000 gallons (454,000 liters) of would-be bourbon have spilled at a Kentucky distillery. News outlets report two people were injured in the fermented mash spill Tuesday at the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown, where a storage collapse last year …

Kentucky Fines Justice Companies Additional $3M Over Coal Mine Clean-Ups

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice’s family coal companies are breaching their environmental responsibilities, according to Kentucky regulators, who are seeking millions in additional fines for surface mining areas that haven’t been cleaned up. The Justice companies, which are now being …

Falling Rock Kills Kentucky Coal Miner; State’s Second Mining Death of 2017

A miner killed by falling rock at a Kentucky coal mine early Thursday is the state’s second mining fatality this year, matching the total from all of 2016, authorities said. Joseph W. Partin died when a 15-foot-tall section of exposed …

Jim Justice-Owned Mine Cited by Kentucky Regulators for Mudslide Damage to Homes

Kentucky regulators have cited a company owned by coal operator Jim Justice for conditions that they say contributed to a mudslide and flooding that damaged six homes in Pike County. Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet spokesman John Mura told The …