KRC's Environmental & Community Defense program provides free legal assistance and representation to those living downwind, downstream, and downhill of environmental problems.  KRC provides individual representation to those who cannot afford or find representation on a range of environmental and energy-related issues.  KRC also works programmatically through litigation, administrative advocacy, and legislative lobbying, to improve the quality of life for Kentuckians and to assure that those who pollute our air, land, or water are held to account.

The Kentucky Resources Council (KRC) is the only statewide organization in the Commonwealth providing legal, technical, and strategic assistance, without charge, to individuals and communities on environmental and energy issues. For 35 years, KRC has worked to hold government agencies and polluters accountable to the rules, and we provide legal representation at no cost to those who have nowhere else to turn when their lives and communities are impacted by environmental abuses.

KRC is on its 4th decade of defending of Kentucky natural and built environments.
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Tom FitzGerald ("Fitz"), Director
Tom FitzGerald (“Fitz”) has been Director of the Kentucky Resources Council since 1984.  KRC is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization providing free legal, strategic and policy assistance to individuals, organizations and communities concerning environmental quality, resource extraction, energy, and utility issues.
Fitz received his Juris Doctor from the UK College of Law in 1980 (Order of the Coif) and was a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellow with the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky from 1980-1982.  He is an alumni of Roger Williams College (now University), Bristol, Rhode Island with a B.A. in American Studies with distinction.  Fitz has been a lowly Adjunct Professor of Energy and Environmental Law at the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville since 1986, and has published a number of articles.

Liz Edmondson, Staff Attorney
Liz Edmondson is KRC's staff attorney and works in all aspects of the organization's litigation and policy advocacy programs to ensure the protection of Kentucky's natural resources and communities. She has over a decade of experience working in energy and environmental law and policy in the non-profit sector, private practice, and with state and federal government officials. 

Liz graduated from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, cum laude, in 2007, where she served as the Senior Notes Editor of the Brandeis Law Journal. She received her B.A., cum laude, with a self-designed major in environmental law and policy from the University of Louisville in 2004.  




  • 3 Sep 2019

    Proposed Revisions to Kentucky's Oil and Gas Regulations

    KRC comments on proposed revisions to Kentucky's oil and gas regulations. The Oil and Gas Workgroup,(KRC is a member) continues to develop consensus improvements in the regulation of the environmental impacts of oil and gas development in Kentucky.

  • 31 Jul 2019

    Ongoing Work to Protect Bernheim Forest in Bullitt County

    In April 2019, LG&E, a utility company based in Louisville, Kentucky, announced the construction of a new natural gas transmission pipeline in Bullitt County. This pipeline was explained as necessary in order for LG&E to meet the growth in the area.

  • 1 Mar 2019

    Protecting Benham and Lynch from Expanded Mining

    A petition to designate the historic districts within the cities of Benham and Lynch Kentucky and the viewshed from those districts, and the watersheds that provide the water supply for the towns as areas unsuitable for mining has been drafted by KRC

We imagine a Kentucky where the air is clean, the water safe, and where nature and natural resources are safeguarded and not abused.