Interview with Duane L. Bennett, June 20, 1989

Project: Appalachia: Coal Operators Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Duane Bennett discusses his role as coal mine operator in Harlan County. He describes the responsibility of the state and federal government in the regulation of coal mines, and states that he feels that the mines are over-regulated. He discusses the trend toward mechanization, and describes the improvement in equipment over the last twenty-five years, especially in regards to safety.

Bennett talks about the role of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) in the mines and states that he does not believe that there is a need for a union today. He provides his opinion on the media and the negative image of the mines in the media. Bennett discusses the environment and the role of acid rain. He also mentions the severance tax. He feels that the counties are suffering because of this tax since little money is coming back to them.

Interview Accession

1989oh206_app247

Interviewee Name

Duane L. Bennett

Interviewer Name

Henry C. Mayer

Interview Date

1989-06-20

Interview Keyword

Coal Operators

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Bennett, Duane L. Interview by Henry C. Mayer. 20 Jun. 1989. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Bennett, D.L. (1989, June 20). Interview by H. C. Mayer. Appalachia: Coal Operators Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Bennett, Duane L., interview by Henry C. Mayer. June 20, 1989, Appalachia: Coal Operators Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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