Benham, Kentucky Now Backs Controversial Black Mountain Mine

The Benham city council is now backing the proposed coal mine within 100 feet of its water supply because it does not want to lose the coal industry. Below is the note in May 2010 in which the National Trust for Historic Preservation put the town on its endangered list because of the mine.
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Portal 31 Coal Mine Museum Under Black Mountain

Here’s an article on Portal 31 the played out coal mine under Black Mountain that is now open to visitors. The 30-minute tour features animatronic miners who speak in broken English. It cost $2.5 million to outfit and its associated with the Kentucky Coal Mine Museum in Lynch (named for the president of U.S. Steel Coal and Coke Co. which formed the community). More on the history/


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BP Wind Energy Remains Committed To Windfarm on Black Mountain

BP remains committed to building 59 to 75 wind turbines on a ridge on Black Mountain. A partner is Dominion which is also building a coal fiired electric plant nearby. This does not affect the summit itself. The project however is not listed on BP’s project page.


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New Address for Kentucky Access Waiver

There is a new address for where to send the releases in order to gain access to the privately owned summit Black Mountain in Kentucky. americasroof.com negotiated the deal to gain access to the summit but the release is now on highpointers.org


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Students Celebrate Arbor Day By Planting blight-resistant American chestnuts on Black Mountain Surface Mines

Students planted blight-resistant American chestnuts on surface mines above 3,500 feet on Black Mountain on Arbor Day. The tree planting is part of the settlement that ended surface mining above 3,500 feet on Black Mountain. Part of that settlement included rights for highpointers to visit the summit. The article also noted that BP is considering building a wind farm on ridges of the mountain. The article notes

deeper soils left behind by mining are actually better for growing trees than some of the thin natural soils – and many environmentalists critical of mining would be hard-pressed to tell 30 years from now that the site had been mined.


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Friends of Black Mountain Seek Help in Dispute With Massey Energy

We have a good relationship with Penn-Va which owns the coal mine immediately under the summit of Black Mountain, Kentucky. We have received a request from the Friends of Black Mountain to pass along news about another coal mine on the mountain. This in no way directly affects the high point or our relationship with Penn-Va.
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Change in Kentucky Waiver Address

The State of Kentucky has taken over the Kentucky Coal Museum in Benham which is where waivers to climb Black Mountain had been housed and the state of Kentucky does not want to handle them. You now must mail the waiver directly to the Penn-Virginia Coal Company.

Waivers are required because the highpoint is on private property and there is coal mining operations in the area.

The release is available at:
http://americasroof.com/ky-release.html


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Black Mountain is in the Ap-pa-LATCH-a Mountains

The New York Times has an article on the vicinity of Black Mountain. It notes:
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We Mourn Black Mountain Activist Hazel King

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports on the passing of Hazel King, an activisit who helped prevent the mountaintop removal of Black Mountain in 1999.
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Essay on Black Mountain, Kentucky

Thinking about the mountain – Daniel Silliman Henry Herald, GA – Jul 23, 2007 The car, released, hummed down the mountain. The mountainBlack Mountain, the tallest of the Cumberland Mountains and the highest point in Kentucky — was


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