Erica Peterson

Erica reports on environment and energy issues for WFPL, which run the gamut from stories about the regionââââ


4:53 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Video Purports to Show Grimes' Dislike of Coal. What Does It Really Say?

In a photo released by her campaign, Alison Lundergan Grimes visits a Floyd County coal mine earlier this year.

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 4:27 pm

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes isn’t being honest with voters about her support of Kentucky’s coal industry, according to a video released today by the conservative Project Veritas.

The video by James O’Keefe—who was widely criticized for deceptively editing a video about ACORN in 2009—relies on hidden camera interviews with Kentucky Democratic officials about Grimes and coal, but ultimately doesn't prove much about where she truly stands on coal.

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9:15 am
Mon October 6, 2014

What Could the West Virginia Plan to Frack Under the Ohio River Mean for Kentucky?

The Ohio River in West Virginia.

Originally published on Sun October 5, 2014 10:05 am

West Virginia is accepting bids on a plan to allow hydraulic fracturing for natural gas (or “fracking”) beneath the Ohio River. The move would provide the state with much-needed revenue, but environmental and citizen groups are concerned about the possible contamination of drinking water for millions of people.

Louisville is one of the communities downriver that uses the river for drinking water.

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6:31 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Federal Grants Will Help Fund Solar Projects in Rural Kentucky

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 7:03 pm

More than $329,000 in federal grants are coming to Kentucky for solar energy and energy efficiency projects in rural areas.

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3:26 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Report: 13 Percent of Country's Coal-Fired Power Plants Have Already, or Will Be, Retired

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 3:16 pm

A new report by the federal Government Accountability Office raises concerns about electricity reliability in the United States as coal-fired power plants close to comply with environmental regulations.

The GAO report updates one the office originally published in 2012. That report estimated anywhere from two to 12 percent of the country’s coal-fired power plants would be retired by 2025. But now, the new data suggests the number is actually 13 percent.

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12:00 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

New Data Shows Resurgence of Most Severe Form of Black Lung Disease in Appalachia

Credit Jack Corn / Environmental Protection Agency-National Archives


The most severe form of black lung disease is at levels not seen since the early 1970s, according to new data from the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety.

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2:14 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

As Coal Jobs Leave Kentucky, Where Are the Renewable Energy Jobs?

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 9:07 am

Kentucky doesn’t distinguish itself in a new report quantifying so-called “clean energy” jobs announced around the country in the second quarter of 2014.

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8:51 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Can a Kentucky Politician Win By Being Candid About Coal's Decline?

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 9:01 am

Here’s an essential Kentucky political truth: politics and the state’s coal industry are intertwined.

That’s one of the reasons both of Kentucky’s Senate candidates—Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes—have been nearly indistinguishable on the subject.

But coal’s fortunes in Kentucky have been declining for decades. 

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2:14 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Bluegrass Pipeline's Developer Is Appealing the Eminent Domain Ruling

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 11:47 am

Despite the fact that the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline has been suspended, the companies behind the project are appealing a circuit court decision that found they don’t have the right of eminent domain.

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2:18 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

If There's a 'War on Coal,' It Started Long Before President Obama

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 12:34 pm

Why do we keep talking about a "War on Coal?" 

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3:19 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Kentucky Joins Lawsuit Against EPA's Proposed Carbon Regulations

Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 3:10 pm

Kentucky is one of 12 states that have joined a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed greenhouse gas regulations. The lawsuit asks the court of appeals in Washington, D.C., to overturn a previous settlement that forced the EPA to take action.

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