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Environment
1:42 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline Explodes in Illinois

Think Progress

Earlier this week, a natural gas liquids pipeline exploded in western Illinois. This pipeline was a different diameter than the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline (10 inches, rather than 24 inches), and it wasn't owned by either of the two companies involved in the Bluegrass Pipeline (Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners). Even so, it provides a reminder of the safety hazards associated with NGL pipelines.

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Environment
11:56 am
Wed August 14, 2013

County Fiscal Court Opposition to Bluegrass Pipeline Grows

Opponents of the Bluegrass Pipeline gathered at the Capitol last week.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Washington County has passed a formal resolutions opposing the construction of a natural gas liquids pipeline across Kentucky, and the Woodford County fiscal court has unanimously voted to allow the county attorney to draft a resolution. This brings the total number of counties passing or considering similar resolutions to six: Franklin, Marion, Scott and Anderson counties have approved measures over the past few weeks.

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Environment
6:09 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

In Franklin County, Magistrates Pass Emergency Moratorium Targeting Bluegrass and Other Pipelines

A rally in Frankfort last week.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Franklin County has become the first to pass a measure blocking the Bluegrass Pipeline from applying for permits to cross county roads. The county’s magistrates voted 5 to 2 in favor of the measure last week.

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Environment
4:27 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Wendell Berry Named Winner of Dayton Literary Peace Prize

Dayton Literary Peace Prize

Kentucky author and farmer Wendell Berry is this year’s recipient of the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, which is given out every year by the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

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Environment
7:10 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Scholarships Available for 3 International Students to Study in Berry Farming Program in Kentucky

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St. Catharine College in rural Washington County, Ky., is looking for three international students to join the school’s nascent Berry Farming Program on scholarships.

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Environment
7:00 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Orders of Monks, Nuns Oppose Bluegrass Pipeline

This truck parked outside of the informational meeting in Frankfort last week.
Erica Peterson WFPL

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).

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Environment
9:56 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Kentucky's Coal Industry 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.

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Environment
5:32 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

After Critical State Audit of Louisville's Air Pollution District, What's Next?

It’s still too early to know what exactly the fallout will be from a critical state audit that found the Louisville Air Pollution Control District’s air monitoring program severely lacking.

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Environment
5:25 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Medical Testing on Black Leaf Residents Will Continue Into Next Week

A sign on the fence surrounding the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Louisville's Park Hill neighborhood.
Erica Peterson WFPL

University of Louisville researchers say they're extending the window of opportunity for people living near the former Black Leaf Chemical plant to sign up for medical tests.

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Environment
4:26 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Harlan County Coal Miner Dies in Underground Accident

MSHA

Another Kentucky coal miner has died on the job.

Lenny D. Gilliam, 56, of Appalachia, Va., died Tuesday afternoon at the Huff Creek Mine in Harlan County. The mine is operated by Lone Mountain Processing, a subsidiary of Arch Coal.

The Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing says:

Preliminary reports indicate the side of a coal pillar burst as the continuous miner machine was operating, causing the miners to be trapped.

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