Archive for July, 2012

Nation’s largest coal ash dump to be shut down
Coal / Coal Ash / Energy

Nation’s largest coal ash dump to be shut down

GREENE TWP, PA — “Pennsylvania and national groups today are calling attention to a major court filing made late July 27 by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) that will result in the closure of Little Blue Run, the nation’s largest coal ash impoundment. The state action filed […]

Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Buffalo Board nixes C-FC frac plant

BUFFALO COUNTY, MN — “A controversial frac sand processing plant and rail transfer facility planned near Cochrane-Fountain City School (C-FC) was unanimously voted down last week by the Buffalo County Board of Adjustments. The development would have resulted in up to 500 semi truckloads of sand coming to the site […]

Cincinnati Council committee votes today on injection well ban
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Cincinnati Council committee votes today on injection well ban

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Council’s Strategic Growth Committee will vote Tuesday on Chairwoman Laure Quinlivan’s proposal to ban injection wells in the city.  The proposal came at the urging of the Southwest Ohio No Frack Forum. The full text of the ordinance reads as follows: WHEREAS, the City is concerned about […]

Good Neighbor Campaigns

Panel says C8 likely linked to diseases

CHARLESTON, WV — “A science panel has found probable links between mid-Ohio Valley residents’ exposure to a chemical used by a DuPont plant in West Virginia and both thyroid disease and ulcerative colitis, a type of inflammatory bowel disease, attorneys for the residents said yesterday. The C8 Science Panel also […]

Lax fracking law puts doctors at a disadvantage in treating patients exposed to carcinogens
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Lax fracking law puts doctors at a disadvantage in treating patients exposed to carcinogens

CLEVELAND — “Gov. John Kasich signed a bill into law that hides fracking chemicals from physicians, nurses and emergency responders. Yes, drilling companies have to disclose exactly what chemicals they are using, but not until 60 days after a well is completed. Even then, they don’t have to reveal “trade […]

Daring protesters shut Down Obama backed strip mine in West Virginia
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Daring protesters shut Down Obama backed strip mine in West Virginia

LINCOLN COUNTY, WV — “Ramping up renewed efforts to end mountaintop removal mining in central Appalachia, scores of protesters staged a daring action at the controversial Hobet strip mine today in Lincoln County, West Virginia, shutting down operations through a series of coordinated lock downs, tree-sits and banner drops. In […]

No to ‘fracking’ doesn’t mean no
Chesapeake Energy / Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

No to ‘fracking’ doesn’t mean no

Landowner refusal can’t stop drilling PORTAGE COUNTY — “When a Chesapeake Energy land man approached him months ago with an offer to lease the Utica shale mineral rights beneath his meticulously landscaped 9.5-acre property in eastern Ohio, Neeley declined. That’s when, Neeley says, the land man told him, ‘We’ll just […]

‘Predatory’ shale drillers in Ohio legislator’s sights
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

‘Predatory’ shale drillers in Ohio legislator’s sights

COLUMBUS — “State Rep. Mark Okey is trying to turn up the heat on Republican leaders at the Statehouse to get behind a bill to protect landowners from oil and natural gas companies developing the Marcellus and Utica shale plays in eastern Ohio. Calling such companies ‘predatory,’ the Democrat from […]

27 gigawatts of coal-fired capacity to retire over next five years
Coal / Energy

27 gigawatts of coal-fired capacity to retire over next five years

WASHINGTON, DC — “Plant owners and operators report to EIA that they expect to retire almost 27 gigawatts (GW) of capacity from 175 coal-fired generators between 2012 and 2016. In 2011, there were 1,387 coal-fired generators in the United States, totaling almost 318 GW. The 27 GW of retiring capacity […]

Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Local doctor sues over Pa. chemical gag rule

Dr. Alfonso Rodriguez says the state is preventing him from discussing fracking issues SCRANTON, PA— “A Dallas physician has filed a federal lawsuit against several state offices, alleging a recently enacted law that limits information medical professionals can release about persons injured by chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing is impeding […]