Erica Peterson (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

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


7:36 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Patriot Coal Agrees to Close Mountaintop Removal Mines

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A St. Louis-based coal company with mines throughout the region has agreed to phase out its mountaintop removal sites. Patriot Coal agreed to the measure as part of a settlement that grants the company more time to control water pollution at its mines in West Virginia.

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10:58 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Shelter-In-Place Warning Expanded to 2 Miles After Train Derailment

Update: 11:10 a.m.

EMA/MetroSafe is now saying the evacuation and road closures will likely last 24 hours after the incident.

Update: 10:55 a.m.

The evacuations and road closures caused by a train derailment and chemical leak in southwestern Jefferson County will likely last for at least 14 hours.

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2:57 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Drought Could be Hurting Honeybees

The drought that’s been plaguing areas of Kentucky and Indiana for much of the summer could end up having an effect on honeybee colonies, too. Sean Burgess is Kentucky’s state apiarist. He says this time of year is critical for bee colonies, because it’s when they harvest nectar to make the honey that nourishes them through the winter. Burgess says drought conditions have led to a shortage of flowering plants, but late summer blooms of goldenrod and aster could provide extra stores for the winter. He says many beekeepers have been supplementing the nectar by manually feeding their bees.

7:27 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Prairie State electricity rates higher than expected

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A new report says the country’s newest coal-burning power plant is far more expensive for ratepayers than expected.  The report was released by the non-profit Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, and says that the Prairie State power plant in Illinois isn’t living up to its promises of cheap rates.  The Kentucky Municipal Power Agency, or KMPA, owns about eight percent of the Prairie State plant, and provides power to the municipalities of Paducah and Princeton.  KMPA issued nearly five hundred million dollars in bonds to buy its share of the generation, and General Manage

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12:12 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

New Mammoth Cave Superintendent Excited to Return to Kentucky

National Park Service

The National Park Service has appointed a new superintendent for Mammoth Cave National Park, near Bowling Green.

Sarah Craighead has worked at Mammoth Cave National Park before…but that was in 1979. She grew up near the park, and credits it with getting her started in the park system.

Since then, she’s headed up parks in Oklahoma and Arizona. She’s currently the superintendent of Death Valley National Park, and has also worked in parks in Maine and Virginia.

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9:00 am
Sun August 19, 2012

Keith Hall Raising Eyebrows for Participating in Kentucky - India Coal Deal

The involvement of a state representative in a major coal deal in Kentucky is raising some eyebrows. Under the terms of a new $7 billion contract, Kentucky coal producers will ship nine million tons of coal a year to India for the next twenty-five years. Representative Keith Hall was instrumental in brokering the deal—and he represents both the people of Kentucky and his own private coal interests.

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3:22 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Kentucky Mines Sign $7B, 25-Year Coal Contract with India

Coal mines in Kentucky and West Virginia will send millions of tons of coal to India, under the terms of a 25-year contract that was signed Wednesday. As Kentucky Public Radio’s Erica Peterson reports, the deal is being hailed as a sign of hope in the coal export market.

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11:08 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Patriot Coal Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

A major coal company with mines in Appalachia and Western Kentucky has filed for bankruptcy. In a news release, Patriot Coal said it was undertaking the move to facilitate restructuring.

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10:12 am
Wed June 27, 2012

New Louisville Plant Equips Vehicles to Run on Natural Gas

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 3:45 pm

Natural gas provides an increasingly large share of the country’s electricity. And now, the fuel is growing in popularity as an alternative to gasoline. A new Louisville plant is betting that natural gas as a vehicle fuel is a technology that will be around for decades or longer.

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8:57 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Surface Coal Miners Get Black Lung Too

A new study shows black lung disease isn’t limited to just coal miners who work underground.  Studies for coal workers’ pneumoconiosis—or black lung disease—haven’t been done on surface miners in a decade, and the miners were commonly thought to be less at risk for the disease than underground workers. 

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