Erica Peterson (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

Erica Peterson is a reporter and Kentucky Public Radio correspondent based out of WFPL in Louisville, Kentucky.

Pages

Environment
1:37 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Kentucky Had Its Lowest-Ever Quarter of Coal Production

Credit Wikimedia Commons/Author: PixOnTrax

  Kentucky’s coal industry has recorded another dismal quarter, where both coal jobs and production have declined across the state.

Read more
Environment
10:09 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Report Breaks Down Climate Change’s Impending Effect on Kentucky’s Economy

Credit NASA

Climate change will begin to have a demonstrative effect on Kentucky’s economy within five years.

This is the conclusion from a report released today by the nonprofit Risky Business. The organization is dedicated to exploring the economic effects of climate change, and is chaired by liberal billionaires Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer, as well as former banker and George W. Bush-era Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.

Read more
Environment
12:25 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Most of America Could Be Fed With Local Food, Study Says

Credit Jeremy Keith, Flickr (Creative Commons)

  Under certain scenarios, a large percentage of Americans could subsist on a diet made up of mostly local food, according to a new study.

Read more
Environment
11:48 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Ahead of Possible Oil and Gas Fracking in Kentucky, Seismic Monitoring Begins

Credit http://energy.umich.edu

  As natural gas speculation increases in the Rogersville Shale in eastern Kentucky, scientists are beginning research into the region’s existing seismic activity.

Right now, several test wells have been drilled into the Rogersville, which is thought to cover 4 million acres in Kentucky and West Virginia. The results of those test wells are confidential, but if the reserves prove profitable, companies could begin drilling large-scale oil and natural gas wells in the formation.

Read more
Environment
4:24 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Court Rules in Favor of EPA in States' Challenge of Greenhouse Gas Rules

Credit Arnold Paul, via Wikimedia Commons

  

  This story has been updated.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that it’s too early to intercede in a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon dioxide limits for power plants.

The decision was handed down Tuesday, and the coalition of states involved have indicated they’ll petition for a rehearing, and will challenge the final rule.

Read more
Environment
3:50 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Decision in States' Lawsuit Against EPA Over Carbon Regulations Could Be Imminent

Credit Arnold Paul, via Wikimedia Commons

  A lawsuit filed by Kentucky and several other states challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon dioxide regulations could be decided “any day now.”

Chief Deputy Attorney General Sean Riley briefed a legislative committee on the lawsuit Thursday. He says the three judge panel hearing the oral arguments in April seemed to agree with the states on the technical merits of their argument.

Read more
Environment
2:24 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Kentucky Is Already on Track to Meet EPA's Carbon Emissions Goals, Analyses Indicate

Credit Arnold Paul, via Wikimedia Commons

Kentucky is on track to comply with the EPA’s upcoming federal regulations on greenhouse gas emissions—even if no further actions are taken.

The Union of Concerned Scientists released a report Wednesday outlining Kentucky’s progress in complying with the yet-to-be announced federal standard. It estimates that by 2020, the first year the state will have to meet greenhouse gas limits, Kentucky will have already cut its emissions to 113 percent of the goal.

Read more
Environment
6:49 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Could a Federal Judge's Decision on Colorado Coal Mine Permits Affect Kentucky?

Credit Image: coalcampusa.com

  A federal judge in Colorado has ruled the federal government should have taken the indirect environmental effects of expanding the Colowyo and Trapper coal mines into account before issuing a permit. These “indirect effects” include the environmental toll of burning the coal in power plants. But because of differences in the way western and eastern coal mines are regulated, it’s hard to say what effect, if any, this ruling could have on Appalachian mines.

Read more
Environment
5:20 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Check Out Your Waterway’s Health With Kentucky’s New Water Health Portal

Credit LBL Forest Service

  In response to legislation passed two years ago, the Kentucky Division of Water has unveiled a massive Water Health Portal.

Read more
Environment
6:35 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Coal Association Says New Bank Policies Won’t Have Much Effect on Kentucky’s Industry

Credit Wikimedia Commons/Author: PixOnTrax

Earlier this month, Bank of America became the latest large financial institution to announce it would limit its financing of coal companies.

The move stemmed from concerns about climate change and regulatory factors that make investing in the industry more risky. The new approach to coal companies was pushed by environmental groups such as the Rainforest Action Network. But in Kentucky, the head of the coal association said the policy would likely have little practical impact on the coal industry.

Read more

Pages