Archive for June, 2012

New EPA data show coal ash problem much worse
Coal / Coal Ash / Energy

New EPA data show coal ash problem much worse

WASHINGTON, DC — “Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released information revealing the existence of hundreds of previously unknown coal ash dumps nationwide. The information comes pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA) by Environmental Integrity Project and Earthjustice. The data released today by the EPA reveal that […]

Civil suit filed
Chesapeake Energy / Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Civil suit filed

LISBON — “The Hanoverton man charged with abduction for taking a drilling employee he found on his property to the sheriff’s department is now the defendant in a civil case filed this week by TGS-Nopec Geophysical Co. and Chesapeake Exploration LLC. TGS-Nopec, a seismic survey company, and Chesapeake Exploration, the company […]

Local leaders sue for right to control location of gas wells
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Local leaders sue for right to control location of gas wells

HARRISBURG, PA — “When Pennsylvania passed a state law that stripped local authority over where potentially hazardous natural gas wells could be drilled, cities and townships decided to take matters into their own hands. …Thanks to the law, doctors can find out what chemicals are used in fracking, the controversial […]

Coal / Coal Ash / Energy

Keystone, coal ash dropped from Highway Bill, Inhofe says

WASHINGTON, DC — “Language requiring approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and barring Environmental Protection Agency regulation of coal-ash waste were dropped from a highway spending bill being negotiated by U.S. lawmakers, Republican Senator James Inhofe said. The deal removes two obstacles preventing agreement on a compromise package paying for […]

Chesapeake CEO makes surprise stop in region
Chesapeake Energy / Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Chesapeake CEO makes surprise stop in region

NORTH CANTON – “Aubrey McClendon, the embattled CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corp., made an unannounced stop to the Stark campus of Kent State University Wednesday to address about 300 of the company’s Utica shale employees. ‘He came into North Canton to meet with all of the employees in the Ohio […]

Electricity suppliers might pass along AEP fee
AEP / Energy

Electricity suppliers might pass along AEP fee

COLUMBUS — “Evidence is starting to emerge about how electricity suppliers will react if state regulators grant American Electric Power’s request to modify a fee paid by competitors. DPL Energy already is passing the costs on to customers, according to a filing by grocery chain Aldi Inc. with the Public […]

There goes paradise
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

There goes paradise

CHICAGO, IL — “Fracking, whether you like it or not, is here to stay. But not forever. One day, all the shale gas and oil will be depleted. The operators will leave. Depletion is just a reality of a nonrenewable energy source. And if the history of the revolution in […]

Germany Plans to dispose of Bhopal toxic waste
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Germany Plans to dispose of Bhopal toxic waste

BHOPAL, INDIA — ” Rusted metal barrels filled with a dark, dusty material stand in a warehouse on the site of the former Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India. Dirt and sand trickle from worn plastic bags piled up in a corner. The barrels contain toxic materials, but they have […]

Whiff of Phenol spells trouble
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Whiff of Phenol spells trouble

HAVERHILL — ” The stench of phenol was overpowering, wafting from mud taken from a layer of rock thousands of feet beneath southern Ohio. It was 1989 and workers for the Aristech Chemical Corp. had begun drilling a disposal well for dangerous, chemical-laden waste from the company’s acetone manufacturing plant […]

Controversy dogs Cleveland’s waste-to-energy ambitions
Cleveland Incinerator / Energy

Controversy dogs Cleveland’s waste-to-energy ambitions

CLEVELAND — ” In a hotel ballroom filled with entrepreneurs, angel investors and government bureaucrats hungry for opportunities in the evolving field of turning household trash into energy, Ivan Henderson delivers some sobering advice: Waste to energy is not an easy ride.’It’s been a bumpy road,’ the soft-spoken commissioner for […]