Archive for March, 2012

Ohio Supreme Court publishes recording of oral arguments in Rumpke public utility case
Good Neighbor Campaigns

Ohio Supreme Court publishes recording of oral arguments in Rumpke public utility case

COLUMBUS — Counsel for Colerain Township and for the Rumpke Sanitary Landfill gave oral arguments February 7 on the subject of whether or not the landfill should be designated a public utility and thus exempt from local zoning authority. All seven justices posed questions during the 38 minute hearing, many of […]

Deicer not fracking water, Duck Creek says in defamation lawsuit
Hydraulic Fracturing

Deicer not fracking water, Duck Creek says in defamation lawsuit

CLEVELAND — “Two local activists and an energy company are battling over allegations that the company uses toxic ‘fracking’ water in its road deicer. Duck Creek Energy Inc. of Brecksville has filed a defamation lawsuit against Tish O’Dell and Michelle Aini, asking the court to prohibit them from describing AquaSalina as […]

Cheers & Jeers
Cleveland Incinerator

Cheers & Jeers

CLEVELAND — “Jeers…to Peter Tien, the consultant who finally has run out of chances to design a workable trash-to-energy plant for Cleveland. Tien has a couple of weeks to bill the city for work already done on a $1.5 million contract that has now been canceled. If he botches that as […]

The Racial Politics of Asthma
Coal

The Racial Politics of Asthma

Of all the health dangers that disproportionately impact black children, air pollution might be the worst WASHINGTON, DC — “Here is the reality: African American children are far more likely to develop asthma than get a bullet to their heads. In 2008, African Americans had a 35 percent higher rate of […]

Taking trash to the bank
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Taking trash to the bank

Maybe it’s those big bins, but we’re recycling more than ever, and it’s paying off CINCINNATI — “Cincinnatians are recycling more than ever. The city’s residents recycled more than 18,000 tons last year – 31 percent more than in 2010. That’s the biggest increase since the city started recycling in […]

Fracking opponents unwelcome at Medina County Earth Day events
Hydraulic Fracturing

Fracking opponents unwelcome at Medina County Earth Day events

MEDINA COUNTY — “A grass-roots anti-fracking group wants to be a part of Medina County’s Earth Day events on April 21, but organizers have told the Concerned Citizens of Medina County they are not welcome. The pulling of the welcome mat has upset the group. A Medina County committee that […]

Clean Water and the Spruce Mine
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Clean Water and the Spruce Mine

NEW YORK, NY — “The Spruce No. 1 mine project in Logan County, W.Va., would have covered 2,278 acres and ruined six more miles of high-quality streams. It received a final permit to proceed from the Army Corps of Engineers in 2007. Lawsuits followed, and, in January 2011, the E.P.A. […]

‘Fracking’ disclosure best in nation?
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

‘Fracking’ disclosure best in nation?

COLUMBUS — “A plan that would make oil and gas companies name the chemicals used to ‘frack’ Utica shale wells would be the toughest in the nation, Ohio Department of Natural Resourcesofficials said today, though it would let some compounds remain secret. Full disclosure of chemicals used in fracking has […]

Cleveland’s waste-to-energy debacle
Cleveland Incinerator

Cleveland’s waste-to-energy debacle

CLEVELAND — “When I found out about Cleveland’s proposed waste-to-energy plant, I wanted to know more. It didn’t take much research to realize that those in charge didn’t know what they were doing or were deliberately ignoring the facts. The city and Cleveland Public Power like to argue that the only […]

Cleveland fires waste-to-energy consultant for faulty financial analyses
Cleveland Incinerator

Cleveland fires waste-to-energy consultant for faulty financial analyses

CLEVELAND — “After receiving several drafts of reports laden with errors and ambiguous calculations, the City of Cleveland has fired the consultant responsible for designing a proposed trash-to-electricity plant. …In February, the city made public a letter to Peter Tien, declaring him and his company to be in default of […]