Friday, September 16, 2011

Coal, politics and bridges ... oh my

Louisville Gas & Electric wants to convert the Cane Run Station power plant along the Ohio River from coal to gas because of environmental regulations. As usual, there are a lot of regulatory approvals that are needed, and a rate increase is included in the plan. And although a lot of gas is coming out of the ground in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia now, fuel for the plant would come from the Gulf Coast. More details in The Courier-Journal of Louisville.


According to this story, President Obama will come to the Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati next week to plug his jobs plan.

Here's another take on the same story. It looks in more detail about the politics involved in the visit and how Obama's plan would still not pay the entire cost of dealing with the problem there in Cincinnati and northern Kentucky.


Here's a smaller bridge project that may not rank up there with bridge needs in Cincinnati and Louisville, but the Ohio Department of Transportation says Ironton will get its new Ohio River bridge soon. You'll have to take my word for it for now. The links function is acting crazy.