Erica Peterson

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

2:20pm

Mon July 21, 2014
Energy

Kentucky’s First Carbon Capture System Unveiled

Credit Erica Peterson

Kentucky has long been known for coal. But a new project unveiled Monday has the potential to let the commonwealth also be known for coal technology.

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10:54am

Tue November 5, 2013
Environmental Watchdog

Kentucky Regulators Want Flexibility in Carbon Rules for Existing Power Plants

Credit Louisville Public Media

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.  Read more...

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5:07pm

Mon August 12, 2013
Environmental Watchdog

Orders Of Monks, Nuns Oppose Bluegrass Pipeline

This truck parked outside of the informational meeting in Frankfort last week.
Credit Erica Peterson / Louisville Public Media

Over the past month, opposition to a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline that would run through Central Kentucky has been growing. Four counties have passed resolutions against the Bluegrass Pipeline, 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.  Read more...

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11:16am

Fri August 9, 2013
Energy

Kentucky's Coal Jobs Hit Lowest Point Since 1927

Credit Lynch / Benham and Lynch Collection, Southeast Community and Technical College Appalachian

Reporter Erica Peterson says coal jobs are their lowest on record.

Coal production in both of Kentucky’s coalfields has dropped slightly and employment is at a record low, according to the most recent quarterly report from the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet. The commonwealth produced nearly 20.5 million tons of coal in the second quarter of 2013, which represents a 1.3 percent drop from the first quarter of the year.  Read More...

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2:39pm

Tue July 30, 2013
Environmental Watchdog

Beshear Won't Add Pipeline Regs to Special Session

Credit Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners.

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.  Read more...

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1:22pm

Sat July 13, 2013
Food

A Summery Spread That's As Cool As A Cucumber

Originally published on Sun July 14, 2013 1:58 pm

Benedictine is a combination of cream cheese, cucumber and onion. It may sound odd, unless you're from Kentucky.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Cream cheese, cucumber juice and a touch of onion. That may sound like an unlikely combination, but Benedictine is a Kentucky favorite. Gwynne Potts, a self-proclaimed aficionado, says it's delicious.

"The best thing to eat Benedictine on is just white bread," Potts says. "No special bread; it only takes away from the Benedictine."

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