Erica Peterson

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

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Environment
9:25 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Be Advised: Kentucky's Waterways May Carry E.Coli

Signage warns people not to swim, fish or wade in Beargrass Creek near Beargrass Road and Alta Vista.

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 6:02 am

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is warning swimmers and boaters to stay away from several streams and tributaries in Eastern Kentucky.

The waterways are contaminated with E.coli bacteria, which comes from human and animal waste.

The problem is so extensive that the swimming advisories have been expanded to include all of Kentucky’s lakes and rivers after heavy rainfall.

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Politics
9:48 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Does McConnell and Grimes' Focus on Coal Distract From Economic Diversification?

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 7:02 am

 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.

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Environment
10:26 am
Tue April 15, 2014

What Kentucky's New Law on Carbon Dioxide Emissions Actually Means

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 1:47 pm

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.

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Environment
7:51 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Middle Mississippi River Makes List of 'Most Endangered Rivers' for Flood Control Project

A paddler on the Mississippi River
Ted Heisel American Rivers

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 11:02 pm

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. American Rivers says the wildlife of the Middle Mississippi River is threatened by a proposed flood control project.

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Environment
6:07 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Judge Rules Bluegrass Pipeline Companies Don't Have Power of Eminent Domain

Erica Peterson WFPL

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 3:13 pm

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.

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Environment
11:15 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Beshear Administration Warns Senate Budget Could Be Devastating to Coal Mine Safety

Decumanus Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 10:40 am

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.

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. That’s a 65 percent cut from the amount of money Governor Steve Beshear recommended in his budget, and a 50 percent cut from the House’s version of the bill.

In a statement, Energy and Environment Cabinet officials said the change would hurt the state’s coal industry.

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Environment
10:34 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Using Hidden Camera Evidence, Environmental Groups Plan to Sue LG&E for Discharges into Ohio River

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Erica Peterson WFPL

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 3:52 pm

Update 1:25 p.m.: Comments from Division of Water and Louisville Gas & Electric.

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.

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Environment
4:21 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Coal Miner Alleges Discrimination for Reporting Safety Issues at Western Kentucky Plant

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 7:11 pm

A Western Kentucky coal miner is alleging several counts of workplace discrimination, after he reported safety problems at his job and was fired.

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Environment
7:35 am
Mon January 13, 2014

In Owensboro, Coal Mine Opponents Use Unlikely Tools to Fight Proposed Mine

A view of some of the land that could be mined, as seen from the Pennyroyal Girl Scout Camp.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 6:03 am

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. And they’re using a unique, and unexpected, tool to fight the mine.

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Environment
7:08 am
Mon December 23, 2013

State Analysis Urges Energy Diversification... This Time, to Keep Coal in the Mix

Erica Peterson WFPL

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 4:22 pm

A new analysis from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet finds that without policy changes, the commonwealth may be powered almost entirely by natural gas by the middle of the century.

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