Erica Peterson

Environment Reporter

Erica reports on environment and energy issues for WFPL, which run the gamut from stories about the region’s biodiversity to coal mine safety and pollution issues. In the name of journalism, she’s gone spelunking, tagged mussels and taste-tested bourbon. Erica moved to Louisville in June 2011 from Charleston, West Virginia, where she worked for the state’s public radio and television affiliate. Besides Kentucky and West Virginia, she’s lived in New Jersey, Minnesota and Illinois. She lives with her husband in Louisville.

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Environment
2:19 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Cane Run Neighbors Report More Odor Issues Near Power Plant

A power plant employee measures hydrogen sulfide near Cane Run. A spokeswoman said the reading today was 0.
Louisville Gas and Electric

People living near the Cane Run Power Plant say it was a smelly weekend in their neighborhood.

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Environment
4:59 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Bluegrass Pipeline Delayed at Least a Year Because of Slower-Than-Expected Commitments

Opponents of the Bluegrass Pipeline protested in Frankfort last year.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Plans for a controversial natural gas liquids pipeline across Kentucky are being pushed back a year.  

The proposed Bluegrass Pipeline was originally supposed to be finished by late next year, and be in service to ship natural gas liquids, or NGLs, from drilling operations in the Northeast to the Gulf of Mexico. The plan includes 500 miles of new pipeline across Kentucky and Ohio, and has drawn opposition from landowners worried about safety and environmental contamination.

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Environment
2:59 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Kentucky Legislators Hear Testimony on Eminent Domain, Bluegrass Pipeline

Kentuckians protested the Bluegrass Pipeline and the potential use of eminent domain at the Capitol last summer.
Erica Peterson WFPL

A Kentucky House legislature committee has delayed a vote on a bill that would clarify the state’s eminent domain laws. The bill was sparked by the continuing efforts to acquire easements for a natural gas liquids pipeline across the commonwealth. 

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Environment
5:02 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

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

Credit Decumanus / Wikimedia Commons

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
7:00 am
Tue February 18, 2014

For Water Supplies in Kentucky's Mountains, Look in Abandoned Coal Mines

Blaine Sergent, left, comes out of the mine at the end of the day's work. P V & K Coal Company, Clover Gap Mine, Lejunior, Harlan County, Kentucky.
Russell Lee U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Indiana's abandoned coal mines contain up to 172 billion gallons of water, according to a recent study. This is water that filters down through the ground and coal seams, pooling in the abandoned mines.

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Environment
1:00 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Regulators Will Hold Meeting on Proposed LG&E Trimble County Coal Ash Landfill This Week

Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric has filed another application to construct a coal ash landfill at the company’s Trimble County power plant, and state regulators are holding a public meeting this week.

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Environment
2:40 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Metro Council Wants More Study on Tax Incentive for Lubrizol, Hearing Rubbertown Health Concerns

Erica Peterson WFPL

Metro Council voted yesterday to return a resolution to give tax incentives to a Rubbertown company back to committee, after hearing from numerous West Louisville residents about health concerns in the neighborhood.

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Environment
5:16 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Gas Explosion, Corvette Museum Sinkhole Underscore Opposition to Bluegrass Pipeline

Opponents of the Bluegrass Pipeline rallied in Frankfort this summer.
Erica Peterson WFPL

A natural gas pipeline explosion in southern Kentucky this morning, paired with a spontaneous sinkhole at Bowling Green’s Corvette Museum yesterday, is providing fodder for the opposition to a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline.

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Environment
4:49 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Two Weeks Later, Cleanup Continues at Pulaski County Fuel Spill Site

Clean-up is continuing nearly two weeks after a tanker truck spilled more than 8,000 gallons of fuel in Pulaski County, Kentucky.

A fuel spill of this magnitude would have caused problems no matter the location. But the accident on January 30 was in the midst of the Sloans Valley cave system near Somerset, and early tests showed that at least some of the fuel entered the cave.

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Environment
4:16 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Bluegrass Pipeline Developers Submit Application for Federal Permit

Opponents of the Bluegrass Pipeline protested this summer in Frankfort.
Erica Peterson WFPL

The companies seeking to build a natural gas liquids pipeline across Kentucky and Ohio have submitted a permit application to the Louisville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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