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
9:00 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Listen: Wendell Berry Discusses Land, Energy and His New Book

Wendell Berry. By Photographer/original uploader: David Marshall/w:User:brtom1 [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
David Marshall Wikimedia Commons

Kentucky author, farmer and environmentalist Wendell Berry was on The Diane Rehm Show yesterday to talk about his new book “A Place in Time.” It’s a collection of 20 stories about life in the fictional small town of Port William. Besides discussing and reading from the book, Berry also talked about the relationship between a land and people, and his views on energy and the environment.

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Environment
2:53 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Obama Addresses Climate Change in First Post-Election Press Conference

During the presidential campaign, both President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney seemed to be avoiding any comment on climate change, and what policies either would pursue if elected. Now that Mr. Obama has been elected to a second term, he still won't say what he'll do about the issue in the next four years.

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Environment
3:43 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Report: Economics Don't Make Sense for the Nation's Costliest Coal-Fired Units

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
Erica Peterson WFPL

A new report says many of the nation’s coal-fired power plants won’t be competitive once they’re upgraded with pollution controls.

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Environment
9:00 am
Tue November 13, 2012

What's Former Coal Exec Don Blankenship Up To in Kentucky?

Brianhayden1980 Wikimedia Commons

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship is back on the radar, but apparently not currently seeking any coal mining permits in Kentucky.

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Environment
1:09 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Work to Resume Tuesday to Drain Chemicals at Derailment Site

Louisville Metro

Crews working at the site of a train derailment in southwestern Jefferson County plan to drain hazardous chemicals from the tankers on Tuesday.

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Environment
10:21 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Third Meeting on Floyds Fork Section of Louisville Loop is Tomorrow

Metro Parks is one step closer to finalizing the Floyds Fork segment of the Louisville Loop. There’s a public meeting tomorrow to get feedback from the community.

When it’s completed, the Louisville Loop will be a 100-mile bike path circling the city. Right now, there are 23 miles completed—from downtown and along the Ohio River into southwest Louisville—and the other sections of the trail are in various phases of planning.

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Environment
2:48 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Coal Company, Officials Plead Guilty to Mine Safety Violations

Manalapan Mining Company--which operates in Harlan County--and two of the company's top officials are pleading guilty to charges they willfully violated mine safety rules.

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Environment
1:50 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

LG&E Cost Savings Means Rates Won't Rise As Much As Predicted

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric says it doesn’t expect customer bills to increase as much as the company predicted last year.

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Environment
1:28 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Environmental Experts Lay Out Goals for Obama's Second Term

The New York Times has experts in several fields weighing in this morning on what they say should be President Obama's priorities for the next four years. Two of them spoke about energy and the environment, and both are worth a read in their entirety.

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