Target: Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Dr. Len Peters
Goal: Investigate allegations that a Kentucky coal company falsified reports about its impact on local water sources
Multiple environmental groups are accusing Kentucky’s Frasure Creek Mining of falsifying reports on its pollution impact to regulators in the summer and fall of 2014. They intend to bring these allegations to court with a lawsuit saying that the company duplicated results from earlier in the year, pointing out that nearly half of the year’s reports contained identical data. If the allegations are true, this will be one of the worst violations of the Clean Water Act in recent memory.
The fact that Frasure Creek Mining may have lied about its environmental impact is bad enough, but Kentucky regulators are also coming under fire for failing to investigate clear signs of foul play. The environmental groups involved in the lawsuit are calling out the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet for its failure to act, which may have put local habitats and Kentucky residents in danger of exposure to toxic pollutants.
The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet needs to do its job and investigate Frasure Creek Mining for potentially hiding violations of the Clean Water Act with duplicated reports. A single lawsuit is not enough. If this company has falsified reports meant to keep them accountable to the law, they need to face serious punishments from the state government. Sign this petition to demand that the Energy and Environment Cabinet conduct a full investigation into these allegations and find out why the results of these reports are identical.
Dear Secretary Peters,
Multiple environmental groups in the area, including Appalachian Voices, Kentucky Riverkeeper, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, and the Waterkeeper Alliance, are accusing Frasure Creek Mining in Kentucky of falsifying reports to your department to cover up violations of the Clean Water Act. According to these groups, almost half of this company’s reports from 2014 have contained the exact same data as a report early in the year.
If this is true, it reveals a massive oversight on your part. Failure to even notice that multiple reports contain the exact same data is a huge failure of the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet. This failure may have put the local environment and its animal species under threat, as well as exposed water sources used by your citizens to toxic contaminants. It’s now your job to investigate these allegations and do everything you can to correct your mistake.
I urge you to immediately launch a full-scale investigation into the allegations that Frasure Creek Mining falsified its environmental impact reports. It should not be the job of environmental watchdogs to punish a company that may have violated the Clean Water Act. You need to look into this very serious issue and ensure that any violations receive the full punishment that they deserve. Failure to do so is a failure to serve the citizens you were appointed to protect.
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