Erica Peterson http://wkms.org en Does McConnell and Grimes' Focus on Coal Distract From Economic Diversification? http://wkms.org/post/does-mcconnell-and-grimes-focus-coal-distract-economic-diversification <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Decumanus / Wikimedia Commons" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfpl/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201210/800px-Ashtabulacoalcars_e2.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;</span>Despite the fact that Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes made clear their unqualified support of Kentucky's coal industry, coal continues to play a role in this year's Senate election.<p><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/09/kentucky-primary-mitch-mcconnell-co Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:48:17 +0000 Erica Peterson 42034 at http://wkms.org Does McConnell and Grimes' Focus on Coal Distract From Economic Diversification? What Kentucky's New Law on Carbon Dioxide Emissions Actually Means http://wkms.org/post/what-kentuckys-new-law-carbon-dioxide-emissions-actually-means <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Erica Peterson/WFPL" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfpl/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201301/Mill_Creek2.JPG" alt="" /><p>Ignoring words of caution from his own administration, Governor Steve Beshear signed a bill directing the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet to create a Kentucky-specific plan for regulating carbon dioxide emissions into law earlier this month.<p><a href="http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/14RS/HB388.htm" target="_blank">The bill—sponsored by Webster Coun Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:26:08 +0000 Erica Peterson 39897 at http://wkms.org What Kentucky's New Law on Carbon Dioxide Emissions Actually Means Middle Mississippi River Makes List of 'Most Endangered Rivers' for Flood Control Project http://wkms.org/post/middle-mississippi-river-makes-list-most-endangered-rivers-flood-control-project The stretch of the Mississippi River that touches Kentucky and Missouri is on one environmental group’s list of the most endangered rivers in the country. <a href="http://www.americanrivers.org/" target="_blank">American Rivers</a> says the wildlife of the Middle Mississippi River is threatened by a proposed flood control project.<p>The New Madrid Floodway is in the boot heel of Missouri, right where the state meets Kentucky and Tennessee. The system is built to prevent flooding upriver; when catastrophic floods happen, the excess water goes into the floodway. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:51:25 +0000 Erica Peterson 39783 at http://wkms.org Middle Mississippi River Makes List of 'Most Endangered Rivers' for Flood Control Project Judge Rules Bluegrass Pipeline Companies Don't Have Power of Eminent Domain http://wkms.org/post/judge-rules-bluegrass-pipeline-companies-dont-have-power-eminent-domain A Franklin County judge has ruled in favor of Kentucky residents who challenged whether companies have the power to invoke eminent domain to build a controversial natural gas liquids pipeline across the state.<p>Judge Phillip Shepherd found that Kentucky law doesn't allow the developers of the Bluegrass Pipeline to use eminent domain to force unwilling landowners to hand over portions of their property for the pipeline. The Bluegrass Pipeline would carry natural gas liquids--like butane, propane and ethane--across Kentucky to the Gulf of Mexico. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:07:10 +0000 Erica Peterson 39480 at http://wkms.org Judge Rules Bluegrass Pipeline Companies Don't Have Power of Eminent Domain Beshear Administration Warns Senate Budget Could Be Devastating to Coal Mine Safety http://wkms.org/post/beshear-administration-warns-senate-budget-could-be-devastating-coal-mine-safety The Kentucky Senate has passed its version of the budget, and the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet is warning it could have dire consequences for coal mine safety.<p>The Senate’s version of the budget cuts the amount of money the state’s Office of Mine Safety and Licensing to $2,643,200. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:15:47 +0000 Erica Peterson 39457 at http://wkms.org Beshear Administration Warns Senate Budget Could Be Devastating to Coal Mine Safety Using Hidden Camera Evidence, Environmental Groups Plan to Sue LG&E for Discharges into Ohio River http://wkms.org/post/using-hidden-camera-evidence-environmental-groups-plan-sue-lge-discharges-ohio-river <strong>Update 1:25 p.m.: Comments from Division of Water and Louisville Gas & Electric.</strong><p>After collecting a year's worth of images of what they say are illegal discharges from one of Louisville Gas & Electric's coal ash ponds into the Ohio River, environmental groups say they plan to sue the company.<p>The<a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/212732430/Mill-Creek-NOI-3-15-14?secret_password=1txtsu61na7ld1chd8x4" target="_blank"> </a><a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/212871171/Mill-Creek-Noi" target="_blank">Notice of Intent to Sue</a> was filed today by the Sierra Club and Earthjustic Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:34:50 +0000 Erica Peterson 39294 at http://wkms.org Using Hidden Camera Evidence, Environmental Groups Plan to Sue LG&E for Discharges into Ohio River Coal Miner Alleges Discrimination for Reporting Safety Issues at Western Kentucky Plant http://wkms.org/post/coal-miner-alleges-discrimination-reporting-safety-issues-western-kentucky-plant <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Decumanus / Wikimedia Commons" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfpl/files/styles/card_280/public/201210/800px-Ashtabulacoalcars_e2.jpg" alt="" /><p>A Western Kentucky coal miner is alleging several counts of workplace discrimination, after he reported safety problems at his job and was fired.<p>Patrick Shemwell worked at a coal plant operated by Ken American in Muhlenberg County. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:21:05 +0000 Erica Peterson 38774 at http://wkms.org Coal Miner Alleges Discrimination for Reporting Safety Issues at Western Kentucky Plant In Owensboro, Coal Mine Opponents Use Unlikely Tools to Fight Proposed Mine http://wkms.org/post/owensboro-coal-mine-opponents-use-unlikely-tools-fight-proposed-mine A court decision that's expected later this year could decide the fate of a proposed Western Kentucky surface coal mine, and potentially set a precedent for other mines in Daviess County. For the past two years, residents and environmental groups have been campaigning against the mine, arguing it will irreparably damage the environment and erode nearby residents’ quality of life. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:35:46 +0000 Erica Peterson 37988 at http://wkms.org In Owensboro, Coal Mine Opponents Use Unlikely Tools to Fight Proposed Mine State Analysis Urges Energy Diversification... This Time, to Keep Coal in the Mix http://wkms.org/post/state-analysis-urges-energy-diversification-time-keep-coal-mix <a href="http://eec.ky.gov/Documents/Economic%20Challenges%20Report%20FINAL%20with%20letter%2012-18b-13.pdf" target="_blank">A new analysis from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet</a> finds that without policy changes, the commonwealth may be powered almost entirely by natural gas by the middle of the century.<p>Coal-fired generation in Kentucky has already taken a hit, with limits on mercury and other air toxins that go into effect in 2016. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 13:08:19 +0000 Erica Peterson 37557 at http://wkms.org State Analysis Urges Energy Diversification... This Time, to Keep Coal in the Mix Group Files Lawsuit Seeking Clarification on Eminent Domain for Bluegrass Pipeline http://wkms.org/post/group-files-lawsuit-seeking-clarification-eminent-domain-bluegrass-pipeline A group of Kentuckians that opposes the use of eminent domain for a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline across Kentucky <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/189650685/KUREDeclaratoryAction-12-5-13" target="_blank">has filed a lawsuit</a>, hoping to clarify the state’s laws.<p>Kentuckians United to Restrain Eminent Domain (KURE) filed the <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/189650685/KUREDeclaratoryAction-12-5-13" target="_blank">declaratory judgment action</a> in Franklin County Circuit Court this afternoon. The group is asking the court to clarify whether the <a href="http://bluegrasspipeline.com/" target="_blank">Bluegrass Pipeline</a>—a project that build 500 miles of new pipeline across Kentucky and Ohio to carry natural gas liquids from gas fracking operations—could invoke eminent domain if landowners in the pipeline’s path refuse to grant easements. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 20:11:37 +0000 Erica Peterson 37116 at http://wkms.org Group Files Lawsuit Seeking Clarification on Eminent Domain for Bluegrass Pipeline