One in five veteran coal miners in Central Appalachia now has black lung disease. But the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund which provides critical support to miners and their families is at risk of disappearing. In this episode of WMMT’s Mountain Talk, retired miners Bethel Brock and Jimmy Moore, Patty Amburgey who lost her husband […]
In this episode of WMMT’s Mountain Talk we explore the idea of social haunting, or how the troubles of the past might be playing a role in community problems of today. We hear from Dr. Geoff Bright who is leading a participatory research project based around the theory of social haunting in formerly industrialized areas […]
Once the largest coal producing county in the nation, Pike County in far eastern Kentucky may be embracing a whole new kind of energy. Erica Peterson from WFPL in Louisville reports on a proposal to build a massive solar farm on a former strip mine, the largest such project in Appalachia.
Coal communities around the world are coping with a downturn in the global coal market. In some places, such as Great Britain, most mining shut down decades ago. This report, produced by Melanie Harsha for the After Coal Project at Appalachian State University, looks at the construction of the Pen y Cymoedd Wind Farm being build […]