Archive for April, 2012

Sen. Shannon Jones sets 5th and 6th fracking hearings for Wednesday and Thursday
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Sen. Shannon Jones sets 5th and 6th fracking hearings for Wednesday and Thursday

COLUMBUS — Sen. Shannon Jones, Chair of the Ohio Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee has set two more hearings for Gov. John Kasich’s fracking bill, S.B. 315. On Wednesday, May 2, the hearing will be at 9:00 AM in the Finance Hearing Room, Room 126, Senate Building, and on Thursday, […]

Power of local government is limited on gas development
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Power of local government is limited on gas development

UTICA — “Officials in Newark, where the Licking River is the primary source of water, say the loss of water won’t be a problem unless a drought occurs, but the law says that if it reached that point, the government would have no authority to make drillers stop withdrawing from […]

Still no earthquake study by well operator
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Still no earthquake study by well operator

COLUMBUS — “The operator of a northeast Ohio deep-injection well tied to earthquakes in the area has yet to receive the state clearance it says is necessary to conduct independent seismic research aimed at proving the well wasn’t the cause of the quakes. Documents show D&L Energy in Youngstown sought […]

Fracking opponent pleads for ban on drilling near local water shed
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Fracking opponent pleads for ban on drilling near local water shed

YOUNGSTOWN — “Opponents of fracking peacefully made their presence known at Youngstown’s city council meeting on Wednesday. Youngstown resident Tom Cvetkovich addressed city council during the meeting’s public comments period to an unusually full house of spectators made up of people who are against the fracking process. Cvetkovich is taking […]

Cities on hook for power plant’s costs
AMP / Coal / Energy / Prairie State Coal Plant

Cities on hook for power plant’s costs

GALION — “Electricity customers in Galion are part-owners of a $5 billion power plant that is behind schedule and might lead to years of high utility bills. The city of about 11,000, about 60 miles north of Columbus, is one of many in Ohio whose city-owned electric companies have chosen […]

Cincinnati dumps Duke Energy
Cincinnati Electric and Gas Aggregation / Duke Energy / Energy

Cincinnati dumps Duke Energy

CINCINNATI — “This is big news. The announcement is the culmination of a campaign that started last fall, when Ohio Citizen Action and Greenpeace ran a successful ballot initiative to allow the City to bargain for electricity on behalf of its residents. The voters passed the initiative by a resounding […]

Exclusive: Chesapeake board member lent money to CEO McClendon
Chesapeake Energy / Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Exclusive: Chesapeake board member lent money to CEO McClendon

NEW YORK, NY — “As Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s board of directors moves to distance itself from loans taken by CEO Aubrey McClendon, documents reviewed by Reuters show that at least one former board member had undisclosed personal financial ties to him in the past. Now-retired board member Frederick Whittemore lent […]

Donna Carver testimony on Gov. Kasich’s fracking bill
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Donna Carver testimony on Gov. Kasich’s fracking bill

COLUMBUS — “I have attended virtually all of my County Commissioners meetings this year. They have been working very hard to develop a Roads Usage Maintenance Agreement. In the past there was an Ohio Department of Natural Resources rule that drilling companies had to sign a Roads Usage Maintenance Agreement prior […]

Cincinnati Electric and Gas Aggregation / Energy / FirstEnergy

Cincinnati chooses ‘green’ energy co. for aggregation

CINCINNATI — “Cincinnati hopes its energy supply will soon be cheaper and greener.The city said Thursday it will be the first major city in America to choose a 100 percent ‘green’ electricity supply for its eligible residents and small businesses while saving as many as 53,000 households money through the city’s […]

Cincinnati becomes first major city to offer 100% green electricity to residents
Cincinnati Electric and Gas Aggregation / Energy / FirstEnergy / Victory

Cincinnati becomes first major city to offer 100% green electricity to residents

Cincinnati voters overwhelmingly supported 100% renewable energy as a priority (…)