A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Environmental groups petition court for review of order approving abandonment of gas pipeline

Three environmental groups filed a Petition for Review with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on January 31st asking the Court to review a decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approving the abandonment and repurposing of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP), owned by energy infrastructure company Kinder Morgan. The petitioning organizations, Kentucky Resources Council, Allegheny...

Lyn Hacker: HB 227 would end ‘net metering’ for solar customers; committee is debating

Kentucky HB 227, designed to effectively end net metering for solar customers in Kentucky, has once again been re-scheduled for later consideration due to lack of support by committee members. The bill, which was introduced by Kentucky state Rep. Jim Gooch, R-Providence, will severely decrease the amount that solar customers receive back from electric companies for the use of the energy that is produced...

Rural Blog: Justice coal firm demands Kentucky officials personally pay $4.5 million in damages

A coal company owned by West Virginia’s governor has taken the highly unusual if not unprecedented step of personally suing Kentucky environmental regulators who tried to get the firm to pay its fines and clean up its strip mines. Kentucky Fuel Corp., owned by Gov. Jim Justice, blames Natural Resources Commissioner Allen Luttrell and Deputy Commissioner John D. Small “for their company’s...

Lawmakers hear testimony on pipeline that could impact at least 25 Kentucky counties

Special to KyForward   A proposed interstate natural gas liquids pipeline that would impact landowners in at least 25 Kentucky counties does not qualify under the state’s eminent domain law, the head of the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet yesterday quoted his agency’s general counsel as saying.   Cabinet Secretary Len Peters made the comment during yesterday’s meeting of...