Environmental Watchdog http://weku.fm en Chemical Spill Shuts Down Portion of I-75 for Five Hours http://weku.fm/post/chemical-spill-shuts-down-portion-i-75-five-hours <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A chemical spill following a truck accident off Interstate 75 in Rockcastle County earlier today caused the busy highway to shut down for five hours.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:24:14 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 62469 at http://weku.fm Chemical Spill Shuts Down Portion of I-75 for Five Hours First Cleaner Commonwealth Funds Issued http://weku.fm/post/first-cleaner-commonwealth-funds-issued <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The first grants issued through the state's Cleaner Commonwealth Fund include&nbsp;restoration of a historic building in Jackson County. &nbsp;$49,000 will go for asbestos removal at Lincoln Hall in Annville.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:49:29 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 61497 at http://weku.fm First Cleaner Commonwealth Funds Issued UK Studying Health Impacts of Hazardous Waste Sites Across Kentucky http://weku.fm/post/uk-studying-health-impacts-hazardous-waste-sites-across-kentucky <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 61106 at http://weku.fm UK Studying Health Impacts of Hazardous Waste Sites Across Kentucky Asian Carp Kill Under Investigation http://weku.fm/post/asian-carp-kill-under-investigation <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Scientists are studying the cause of a massive fish kill in western Kentucky, which state wildlife officials are saying is the largest kill of its kind recorded. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p><p>The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources reports around 500,000 Asian carp died within a 24-hour period Wednesday&nbsp;on the Cumberland River just below Lake Barkley. KDFWR Fisheries Biologist Paul Rister says soon after discovering the kill fisherman were still catching fish,</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 21:03:24 +0000 Chad Lampe Kentucky Public Radio 58765 at http://weku.fm Asian Carp Kill Under Investigation Eminent Domain Ruled Inappropriate for Bluegrass Pipeline Project http://weku.fm/post/eminent-domain-ruled-inappropriate-bluegrass-pipeline-project <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Franklin County judge has ruled that Kentucky law doesn’t allow the use of eminent domain for a natural gas liquids pipeline.&nbsp; This is the latest blow to the controversial Bluegrass Pipeline project.</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:48:10 +0000 Erica Peterson Kentucky Public Radio 57336 at http://weku.fm Eminent Domain Ruled Inappropriate for Bluegrass Pipeline Project Kentucky Environmental Groups to Sue Over Coal Ash Discharge http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-environmental-groups-sue-over-coal-ash-discharge <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After collecting a year's worth of images of what they say are illegal discharges from one of Louisville Gas &amp; Electric's coal ash ponds into the Ohio River, environmental groups say they plan to sue the company.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:27:17 +0000 Erica Peterson Kentucky Public Radio 56941 at http://weku.fm Kentucky Environmental Groups to Sue Over Coal Ash Discharge Reward Doubles in Shooting of Ky. Whooping Cranes http://weku.fm/post/reward-doubles-shooting-ky-whooping-cranes <p>Reward doubles in shooting of whooping cranes</p><div><p>ANTON, Ky. (AP) — The reward being offered for information in the shooting and death of a mated pair of whooping cranes in western Kentucky has more than doubled with contributions from conservation and animal protection groups. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 04:30:25 +0000 Associated Press 54774 at http://weku.fm Transporting Fracking Wastewater by Barge http://weku.fm/post/transporting-fracking-wastewater-barge <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Arial Black', sans-serif; line-height: 150%;">The U.S. Coast Guard wants to allow barges filled with fracking wastewater to run the nation's rivers on their way toward disposal. Many environmentalists are concerned, but industry groups say barge transport has its advantages.&nbsp; Critics of the plan say that if there was an accident, it could threaten the drinking water supply of millions of people.</span></p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 21:02:28 +0000 Associated Press 53244 at http://weku.fm Transporting Fracking Wastewater by Barge Flame Retardant Chemicals in Kids' Furniture Focus of Kentucky Organization's Concern http://weku.fm/post/flame-retardant-chemicals-kids-furniture-focus-kentucky-organizations-concern <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: 'Segoe UI WPC', 'Segoe UI', Tahoma, 'Microsoft Sans Serif', Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.5;">A new study of children’s furniture has found that most contain toxic flame retardant chemicals. These chemicals&nbsp;have been linked to serious health problems.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: 'Segoe UI WPC', 'Segoe UI', Tahoma, 'Microsoft Sans Serif', Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;">The study was conducted by the non-profit Center for Environmental Health and researchers at Duke University. They analyzed 42 children’s couches and chairs from big box retailers, and found that 90 percent of them contained one or more of the flame retardant chemicals.</span></p><p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 11:32:43 +0000 Erica Peterson Kentucky Public Radio 52600 at http://weku.fm Flame Retardant Chemicals in Kids' Furniture Focus of Kentucky Organization's Concern Kentucky Regulators Want Flexibility in Carbon Rules for Existing Power Plants http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-regulators-want-flexibility-carbon-rules-existing-power-plants <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to propose rules regulating greenhouse gas emissions—like carbon dioxide –from existing power plants next June. But Kentucky regulators are preemptively trying to influence the agency’s decision-making. &nbsp;<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-regulators-want-flexibility-carbon-rules-existing-power-plants" target="_blank">Read more...</a></span></p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 15:54:51 +0000 Erica Peterson & Kentucky Public Radio 51527 at http://weku.fm Kentucky Regulators Want Flexibility in Carbon Rules for Existing Power Plants Four Kentucky Lakes with High Bacteria Levels http://weku.fm/post/four-kentucky-lakes-high-bacteria-levels <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Officials with the Kentucky Division of Water say harmful algal blooms are found at four central Kentucky lakes.&nbsp; The elevated bacteria levels were detected in Madison County’s Lake Reba, Beaver Lake in Anderson County, Shelby County’s Guist Creek Lake, and Willisburg Lake in Washington County.&nbsp; Harmful algal blooms produce toxins which may be hazardous to animals and humans.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:27:22 +0000 Associated Press 51465 at http://weku.fm Four Kentucky Lakes with High Bacteria Levels Fall Wanderings Leave Deer Vulnerable To Hunters, Motorists http://weku.fm/post/fall-wanderings-leave-deer-vulnerable-hunters-motorists <p><span style="font-family: 'Arial Black'; font-size: 13px; line-height: 14.25pt;">Since the end of World War II, Kentucky&rsquo;s deer herd population has increased 900 percent.&nbsp; Now, they&rsquo;re a common and costly hazard along the Commonwealth&rsquo;s highways.&nbsp; Now is the time of year with the biggest risk of collisions.</span></p><p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 13:13:59 +0000 Stu Johnson & WEKU News 51412 at http://weku.fm Fall Wanderings Leave Deer Vulnerable To Hunters, Motorists Environmentalist Argues Local Governments Poorly Prepared For Climate Change http://weku.fm/post/environmentalist-argues-local-governments-poorly-prepared-climate-change <p>Climate change is prompting calls from an environmental advocate for better preparation on the local level.&nbsp; Rick Clewett, who spent almost 40 years teaching English at Eastern Kentucky University, now works with the Sierra Club and the Kentucky Conservation Committee. Clewett says climate change will be especially hard on homeless and low-income Kentuckians.</p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 17:20:13 +0000 Stu Johnson & WEKU News 51125 at http://weku.fm Environmentalist Argues Local Governments Poorly Prepared For Climate Change Emerald Ash Borer Threatens To Double-Decimate State Park http://weku.fm/post/emerald-ash-borer-threatens-double-decimate-state-park <p>An ongoing insect infestation is causing both safety and aesthetic concerns at a well known Kentucky state park. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The emerald ash borer, which is native to Asia but alien to North America, was first seen in Kentucky just four years ago.&nbsp; Since, then it’s done a lot of damage to trees in 24 counties.&nbsp; State officials are especially worried about its impact on General Butler State Park near </span>Carrollton<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp; Forest Health Specialist Jody Thompson says there’s no quick and easy cure-all.</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:27:14 +0000 Stu Johnson & WEKU News 49995 at http://weku.fm Emerald Ash Borer Threatens To Double-Decimate State Park Chemical Weapons Disposal Plant 70 Percent Complete http://weku.fm/post/chemical-weapons-disposal-plant-70-percent-complete <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 12px; line-height: 15px;">Officials say construction on a long-awaited weapons disposal facility at the Blue Grass Army Depot in central Kentucky is about 70 percent complete and it is on track to start operations in 2020. Chemical Destruction Community Advisory Board Co-Chair Craig Williams says it took several years for the project to recover from funding cuts in 2004. But, Williams adds construction is tracking on schedule now that allocations have been more consistent.</p><p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 14:00:56 +0000 Associated Press 48858 at http://weku.fm Chemical Weapons Disposal Plant 70 Percent Complete Orders Of Monks, Nuns Oppose Bluegrass Pipeline http://weku.fm/post/orders-monks-nuns-oppose-bluegrass-pipeline <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Over the past month, opposition to a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline that would run through Central Kentucky has been growing. Four counties have&nbsp;<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/marion-scott-county-magistrates-pass-resolutions-bluegrass-pipeline" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">passed resolutions against the Bluegrass Pipeline</a>, and more than 5,000 people signed a petition asking Governor Steve Beshear to put pipeline legislation on the agenda for this month’s special session (though the governor has said he won’t). And the religious communities of Kentucky’s Holy Land have also joined the fight. &nbsp;<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/orders-monks-nuns-oppose-bluegrass-pipeline" target="_blank">Read more...</a></p><p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 21:07:37 +0000 Erica Peterson & Kentucky Public Radio 48529 at http://weku.fm Orders Of Monks, Nuns Oppose Bluegrass Pipeline With A Vegetative Buffer Zone, Tributaries To The Kentucky River Can Stay Clean http://weku.fm/post/vegetative-buffer-zone-tributaries-kentucky-river-can-stay-clean <p>Most Kentuckians accept clean, safe water as a fact of life, as reliable as the sun rising each morning. But water is always on the move, flowing and seeping through many ecosystems.&nbsp; And, each system impacts what finally comes out of the tap.</p><p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Jacalyn Carfagno & WEKU News 48174 at http://weku.fm With A Vegetative Buffer Zone, Tributaries To The Kentucky River Can Stay Clean Groups To Protest Natural Gas Liquid Pipeline At Kentucky Capitol http://weku.fm/post/groups-protest-natural-gas-liquid-pipeline-kentucky-capitol <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 12px; line-height: 15px;">Land owners and environmentalists are gathering in Frankfort to protest a proposed pipeline that would carry flammable liquids through several counties in northern Kentucky. A partnership of two energy companies announced a plan earlier this year to build the underground pipeline. The Bluegrass Pipeline would carry natural gas liquids from sources in the northeast to a connection in Breckinridge County.</p><p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 15:01:56 +0000 Associated Press 48272 at http://weku.fm Groups To Protest Natural Gas Liquid Pipeline At Kentucky Capitol Cleaning The Kentucky River Begins Up On The Roof http://weku.fm/post/cleaning-kentucky-river-begins-roof <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Eastern Kentucky University applied science to the planning and construction of its new, state-of-the-art science building. One of the challenges in constructing it was creating a building on a relatively narrow, steep lot, that wouldn’t add to flooding problems at </span>EKU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and in Richmond.</span></p><p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Jacalyn Carfagno & WEKU News 48159 at http://weku.fm Cleaning The Kentucky River Begins Up On The Roof Cleaning The Kentucky River, One Tributary At A Time http://weku.fm/post/cleaning-kentucky-river-one-tributary-time <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Visit almost any city in the Kentucky River watershed after a rain and you’ll find water gushing through culverts, pouring out of storm sewers. The dark froth carries all the debris of modern life swept from lawns, parking lots and streets: fast food wrappers, plastic toys, tires. Less visible but equally present are pesticides and oil, fertilizers and human and animal waste.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And it all winds up in the Kentucky River, which provides drinking water for more than 700,000 </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentuckians</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Jacalyn Carfagno & WEKU News 48150 at http://weku.fm Cleaning The Kentucky River, One Tributary At A Time Marion, Scott Counties Pass Resolutions On Bluegrass Pipeline http://weku.fm/post/marion-scott-counties-pass-resolutions-bluegrass-pipeline <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Two more counties have registered reservations about a project that would build a natural gas liquids pipeline across Kentucky. Franklin County was the first to&nbsp;<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/franklin-county-magistrates-pass-resolution-opposing-bluegrass-pipeline" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">pass a resolution formally opposing the Bluegrass Pipeline</a>. Last night,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/157668194/Bluegrass-Pipeline-Resolution-of-Marion-County-Fiscal-Court" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">Marion County passed a similar resolution</a>. Last week,<a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/157668383/Scott-County" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">&nbsp;Scott County passed a </a><a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/157668383/Scott-County" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">resolution</a>that stops short of opposing the project, but urges the Army Corps of Engineers to undertake a full environmental impact study of the proposed pipeline, and expresses skepticism about the use of eminent domain in the process. <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/marion-scott-county-magistrates-pass-resolutions-bluegrass-pipeline" target="_blank">Read more...</a></p><p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 19:53:05 +0000 Erica Peterson & Kentucky Public Radio 48073 at http://weku.fm Marion, Scott Counties Pass Resolutions On Bluegrass Pipeline State Lawmakers' Letter Criticizes President's 'Unfair Attack on Coal' http://weku.fm/post/state-lawmakers-letter-criticizes-presidents-unfair-attack-coal <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Fifty members of Kentucky's House of Representatives&nbsp;<a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/157715708/Letter-to-President-Obama-Aug-2" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">have sent a letter&nbsp;</a>to President Obama to protest what they're calling an "unfair attack on coal." The letter was sent today from House Speaker Greg Stumbo's office, and signed by 49 of his colleagues, including Jefferson County representatives Larry Clark and Tom Burch. It asks Obama to take a step back from the promises he made in his&nbsp;<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/obama-lays-out-climate-change-plan-kentucky-reacts" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">big climate change address in June</a>&nbsp;(where he talked a lot about reducing greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants), and instead think about the effect a decline in coal usage will have on states like Kentucky. <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-representatives-send-letter-addressing-obamas-unfair-attack-coal" target="_blank">Read more...</a></p><p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 19:50:21 +0000 Erica Peterson & Kentucky Public Radio 48072 at http://weku.fm State Lawmakers' Letter Criticizes President's 'Unfair Attack on Coal' Governor's Son Represents Bluegrass Pipeline Company http://weku.fm/post/governors-son-represents-bluegrass-pipeline-company <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Governor Steve Beshear's son is representing the company that has proposed building a natural gas liquids pipeline across Kentucky. The<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/pipeline-natural-gas-liquids-could-cross-kentucky-heres-what-you-need-know" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">&nbsp;Bluegrass Pipeline&nbsp;</a>is a joint venture between two companies--Boardwalk Pipeline Partners and Williams--and if it's built, it'll transport the byproducts of natural gas drilling from the northeast to the Gulf of Mexico.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stites.com/attorneys/245/andrew-g-beshear" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">Andrew Beshear</a>&nbsp;is an attorney at law firm&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stites.com/home.php" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">Stites &amp; </a><a href="http://www.stites.com/home.php" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">Harbison</a>'s Louisville office.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.state-journal.com/latest%20headlines/2013/07/31/beshear-s-son-representing-controversial-pipeline-company" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">As the State Journal in Frankfort reported earlier today</a>, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners is a longtime client of the firm, and Andrew Beshear is working on the company's account.<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/beshears-son-representing-bluegrass-pipeline-company" target="_blank"> Read more...</a></p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 19:31:48 +0000 Erica Peterson & Kentucky Public Radio 48011 at http://weku.fm Governor's Son Represents Bluegrass Pipeline Company Four Kentucky Lakes Affected by Harmful Algae http://weku.fm/post/four-kentucky-lakes-affected-harmful-algae <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><a href="http://www.lrl.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/WaterInformation/HABs.aspx" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">Four Kentucky lakes</a>&nbsp;are now affected by harmful algal blooms. The four lakes—Taylorsville, Barren, Rough River and Nolin—make up half of the lakes the Louisville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages in Kentucky. High levels of blue-green algae were&nbsp;<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/harmful-algae-bloom-reported-taylorsville-lake" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">first found in Taylorsville Lake last month.</a>&nbsp;This algae is a type of cyanobacteria that produces toxins. It can cause nose and skin irritation, as well as other illnesses in humans and animals. This summer marks the first time the Army Corps of Engineers has tested all the lakes for the algae; it tested Taylorsville Lake last summer. Because of the lack of data, Corps biologist Jade Young said it’s hard to say whether this is a new problem. <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/four-kentucky-lakes-now-affected-harmful-algae" target="_blank">Read more...</a></p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 18:03:19 +0000 Erica Peterson & Kentucky Public Radio 47948 at http://weku.fm Four Kentucky Lakes Affected by Harmful Algae Beshear Won't Add Pipeline Regs to Special Session http://weku.fm/post/beshear-wont-add-pipeline-regs-special-session <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Governor Beshear says it’s unlikely he’ll ask state lawmakers to deal with regulations on pipelines when they assemble in Frankfort next month for a special session. The governor says he called the special assembly to draw new maps for House and Senate districts and doesn’t plan on adding anything else to the call. &nbsp;<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/beshear-says-he-wont-add-pipeline-regulations-special-session-call" target="_blank">Read more...</a></span></p><p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 18:39:27 +0000 Erica Peterson & Dan Conti 47896 at http://weku.fm Beshear Won't Add Pipeline Regs to Special Session State Grants Seek To Create Market For Old Tires http://weku.fm/post/state-grants-seek-create-market-old-tires <p>It appears gains are being made in reducing the number of old tires dumped along Kentucky roadways.&nbsp;&nbsp; Kentucky counties can apply for three thousand dollars in waste tire recycling and removal grants.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The grants are administered through the Kentucky Division of Waste management.&nbsp; Recycling and Local Assistance manager Gary Logsdon says the goal is to find a market for these worn-out tires.</p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 17:24:13 +0000 Stu Johnson & WEKU News 47830 at http://weku.fm State Grants Seek To Create Market For Old Tires Franklin County Magistrates Pass Resolution Opposing Bluegrass Pipeline http://weku.fm/post/franklin-county-magistrates-pass-resolution-opposing-bluegrass-pipeline <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Franklin County’s Fiscal Court has approved a resolution formally opposing a natural gas liquids pipeline that could cross the Commonwealth.&nbsp; If it’s built, the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline would carry the byproducts of natural gas drilling to processing plants on the Gulf of Mexico. <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/franklin-county-magistrates-pass-resolution-opposing-bluegrass-pipeline" target="_blank">&nbsp;Read more...</a></span></p><p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 19:32:44 +0000 Erica Peterson & Kentucky Public Radio 47734 at http://weku.fm Franklin County Magistrates Pass Resolution Opposing Bluegrass Pipeline Feds Move To Protect Central Appalachia's Diamond Darter http://weku.fm/post/feds-move-protect-central-appalachias-diamond-darter <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">A rare fish in central Appalachia called the diamond darter will soon be under federal protection. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday that the diamond darter's protected status under the Endangered Species Act will become effective in 30 days.</p><p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 19:13:45 +0000 Associated Press 47669 at http://weku.fm Feds Move To Protect Central Appalachia's Diamond Darter Pipeline for Natural Gas Liquids Could Cross Kentucky; Here's What You Need to Know http://weku.fm/post/pipeline-natural-gas-liquids-could-cross-kentucky-heres-what-you-need-know <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Over the past few years, more and more of America’s energy has come from natural gas. And much of that gas has come from the Marcellus and Utica </span>Shales<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">, which lie mostly under parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, Ohio and Maryland. Extracting the gas yields a profitable byproduct:&nbsp;</span><a href="http://bluegrasspipeline.com/the-bluegrass-project/natural-gas-liquids/" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">natural gas liquids.</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;These are hydrocarbons such as ethane, butane and propane. They're used in plastics, synthetic rubber and antifreeze, among other products. Tapping into and using these liquids could help make the United States more energy independent, by replacing the foreign petroleum that's currently used in some of these manufacturing processes. </span><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/pipeline-natural-gas-liquids-could-cross-kentucky-heres-what-you-need-know" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;" target="_blank">Read more....</a></p><p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson & Kentucky Public Radio 46907 at http://weku.fm Pipeline for Natural Gas Liquids Could Cross Kentucky; Here's What You Need to Know Even With Permanent Cap, Nuclear Waste Site Remains Hazardous for Millenia http://weku.fm/post/even-permanent-cap-nuclear-waste-site-remains-hazardous-millenia <p>The three-year process of installing a permanent cap atop the Maxey Flat nuclear waste disposal site is underway. Steve Beshear today became the first governor to visit the site since the Commonwealth took ownership in 1978.</p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 19:47:22 +0000 Dan Conti 46931 at http://weku.fm Even With Permanent Cap, Nuclear Waste Site Remains Hazardous for Millenia