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Environment
4:16 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Coast Guard Considers Allowing Barges to Transport Wastewater From Natural Gas Fracking

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The U.S. Coast Guard is considering a proposal that would allow natural gas drilling companies to transport wastewater from the process via barge. If the rule is approved, it could send these hazardous materials down the Ohio River.

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Local News
6:41 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Natural Gas Prices Increase 19 Percent for Some in Kentucky, PSC Says

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The Kentucky Public Service Commission says early season natural gas heating prices will be higher than last year.

The PSC says the average customer can expect to pay about 19 percent more in November than last year if they consume 10,000 cubic feet of natural gas. The average bill is projected to be about $102.

But the agency says that number is down nearly $49 since the peak of November 2008, a decrease of 32 percent.

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Environment
8:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Louisville Trucking Company Plans Switch to Natural Gas Vehicles

A Louisville-based trucking company is planning to replace its entire fleet with natural gas-powered vehicles.

M&M Cartage—a trucking company that has most of its fleet in Louisville—has already begun switching its trucks from diesel to compressed natural gas. In four years, the company will have replaced all 120 of its older vehicles with CNG trucks.

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Local News
2:54 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Gas-Fired Power Plant Proposed for Western Kentucky

Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities have announced plans to build a new natural gas powered generating plant in western Kentucky and a smaller, solar-powered station. 

Spokeswoman Chris Whelan says the facility planned for Muhlenberg County will be similar to the generating plant being built at the companies’ Cane Run site in Jefferson County.

"It will be 700 megawatts, roughly $700 million to construct," Whelan said.

"And then we’re also proposing we will build a 10 megawatt solar facility at one of our existing sites."

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Environment
5:23 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Study Finds 2007 Eastern Kentucky Fish Kill Likely Caused By Natural Gas Fracking Fluid

Blackside dace minnows
U.S. Fish and Wildlife

A joint study by the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is pointing to natural gas fracking as the cause of widespread death of fish in an Eastern Kentucky stream.

The report found that hydraulic fracturing fluids—which are used to help extract the gas from the ground—spilled from a natural gas well site near Acorn Fork in 2007. After that, scientists saw a sharp decline in aquatic life in the stream. One of the species affected—the Blackside dace—is federally threatened.

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Environment
5:03 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Nelson County Residents Cite Environmental, Safety Concerns With Proposed Pipeline

A map of the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline.

Representatives of a company that wants to build a natural gas liquids pipeline across Kentucky are beginning a public relations and information campaign in 13 counties. At a meeting in Nelson County this morning, they were met with anger, challenges and questions from local residents.

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Environment
6:16 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Survey Work Begins This Week on Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline Across Kentucky

The proposed route of the Bluegrass Pipeline.
Courtesy Williams

A proposed natural gas liquids pipeline could cross through up to 18 Kentucky counties.

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Environment
4:37 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Natural Gas Dethrones King Coal As Power Companies Look To Future

American Electric Power's natural gas-burning plant in Dresden, Ohio, is one of the energy company's new investments in alternatives to coal-burning plants.
Michael Williamson The Washington Post/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 8:01 pm

The way Americans get their electricity is changing. Coal is in decline. Natural gas is bursting out of the ground in record amounts. And the use of wind and solar energy is growing fast. All this is happening as power companies are trying to choose which kind of energy to bet on for the next several decades.

Until recently, half of these plants burned coal to make electricity. Now, that's down to about one-third. Since 2010, about 150 coal plants either have been retired or it's been announced they will be retired soon.

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Environment
12:51 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

LG&E, Kentucky Settle Over Alleged Safety Violations in 2011 House Explosion

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Louisville Gas and Electric could pay up to $250,000 to settle alleged safety violations that stemmed from a natural gas explosion in southern Jefferson County a year ago.

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Environment
3:59 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Indiana Regulators Approve Modified Deal for Coal Gasification Plant

Regulators have approved a settlement that prohibits Duke Energy from passing on to consumers all the costs the company will incur building a coal-gasification plant in southwestern Indiana.

Costs for the plant in Edwardsport have increased substantially since it was proposed in 2007, and the latest estimate is $3.5 billion. Under the new agreement, Duke’s customers will pay nearly $2.6 billion for the plant, while the utility will be forced to absorb nearly $900 million in cost overruns.

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