Erica Peterson

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


Tue July 28, 2015
Environmental Watchdog

Report Breaks Down Climate Change’s Impending Effect on Kentucky’s Economy

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Climate change will begin to have a demonstrative effect on Kentucky’s economy within five years.

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Wed February 4, 2015
Environmental Watchdog

Kentucky Coal Production, Employment Declined Slightly in 2014


Kentucky’s coal production and employment dropped only slightly in 2014, but sharper declines are likely in the future.

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Mon January 12, 2015
The Commonwealth

Appeals Court Rules Mining Companies Can’t Sue Mine Inspectors

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Mining companies can’t sue individual government inspectors for damages, according to a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued late last month.

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Wed January 7, 2015

Is Fracking Coming To The Cumberlands?




Speculation has begun in Eastern Kentucky about a potentially large reserve of oil and natural gas trapped about two miles underground. If the Rogersville Shale is proven productive, it would be the region’s first major oil and gas play. This has excited the industry, but some residents are worried about the toll large-scale oil and gas production would take on human health and the environment.

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Thu October 2, 2014
Environmental Watchdog

Kentucky's Largest Solar Array To Be Built on Ft. Campbell Landfill Site

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A partnership between the local utility and state and federal government will build Kentucky’s largest solar array at Fort Campbell.

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Fri August 15, 2014
Environmental Watchdog

Bluegrass Pipeline's Developer Is Appealing Eminent Domain Ruling

Credit Erica Peterson / Kentucky Public Radio

Despite the fact that the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline has been suspended, the company behind the project is appealing a circuit court decision that found the company doesn’t have the right of eminent domain.

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Mon July 21, 2014

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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Tue November 5, 2013
Environmental Watchdog

Kentucky Regulators Want Flexibility in Carbon Rules for Existing Power Plants

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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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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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Fri August 9, 2013

Kentucky's Coal Jobs Hit Lowest Point Since 1927

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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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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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Sat July 13, 2013

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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