Archive for September, 2012

No fracking for ten years – says European Union Commissioner for Energy
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

No fracking for ten years – says European Union Commissioner for Energy

CARRICK-ON-SHANNON, IRELAND — “EU Commissioner for Energy Gúnther Oettinger has informed Drumshanbo Senator Paschal Mooney that no decisions should be taken on hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ for ten years. The Commissioners opinion was in response to a serious of questions from Senator Mooney at a meeting of Joint Oireachtas Committee […]

Mansfield’s injection well fight looms in U.S. court
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Mansfield’s injection well fight looms in U.S. court

MANSFIELD — “At the heart of the case is whether the state, or the city, has power to regulate deep disposal wells. Spon said he will file a motion next week asking Judge James S. Gwin to dismiss the case. ‘We expected it (the court action) and are fully prepared […]

Study on East Liverpool, surrounding area’s children has alarming results
Good Neighbor Campaigns

Study on East Liverpool, surrounding area’s children has alarming results

EAST LIVERPOOL — “A couple of years ago the EPA sent out a report known as the Ohio Air Toxics report that showed air manganese concentration in different areas across the state. Of all those areas, East Liverpool and the surrounding area had three of the highest levels in the […]

Fracking foes lose bid for home rule vote
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Fracking foes lose bid for home rule vote

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — “Local fracking opposition has been denied in an attempt to place a Home Rule issue on the November ballot. The Ohio Supreme Court on Sept. 14 denied a writ of mandamus that would have forced the township trustees to submit the issue to the Mahoning County Board […]

Kent group seeks measures to keep fracking out of city
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Kent group seeks measures to keep fracking out of city

KENT — “Community activists concerned with horizontal hydraulic fracturing and its potential effects on drinking water may soon push for Kent City Council to re-address the issue, nearly half a year after first approaching it for a ban of the natural gas extraction process within city limits. In April, council […]

Do you live in the new Ohio Senate District 20?
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Do you live in the new Ohio Senate District 20?

CLEVELAND – If you live in the new Ohio Senate District 20, hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) is a big issue this election. The district includes areas of Marcellus shale, Utica shale, and the Muskingum River Watershed, the largest wholly-contained watershed in Ohio.  The incumbent Senator, Troy Balderson, voted for Gov. John […]

8 year old’s drawing for Rep Vernon Sykes
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

8 year old’s drawing for Rep Vernon Sykes

Rep Vernon Sykes voted “yes” on SB 315, the fracking law that includes the medical gag-order.

Ohio city looks to fracking as way to raise money for demolition
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Ohio city looks to fracking as way to raise money for demolition

YOUNGSTOWN — “The risks are not worth the short-term financial gain, said Robert Hagan, a Democratic state representative who represents Youngstown. ‘I understand the desperation of cities,’ Hagan said in a telephone interview. ‘I just don’t think making a deal with devil is right way to go.’ Opponents will be […]

Nearly four years in, what do cost-benefit data show for the major Obama EPA rules, and what do they imply for the economy?
Energy

Nearly four years in, what do cost-benefit data show for the major Obama EPA rules, and what do they imply for the economy?

WASHINGTON, DC — “The benefits of the finalized Obama EPA rules are valued at $144 billion a year (all figures in 2010 dollars).  Most of the benefits come from saving lives and other health benefits. They also include benefits such as substantially reduced fuel expenditures by consumers or increased worker […]

Solar Photovoltaic Cell/Module Shipments Report
Energy

Solar Photovoltaic Cell/Module Shipments Report

WASHINGTON, DC — “The U.S. solar photovoltaic (PV) industry continued its strong growth in 2011, despite the obstacles of an increasingly tough price-competitive marketplace, bankruptcies, and closings of several solar manufacturers. Total shipments of PV modules in 2011 hit a record high, increasing from 2,644,498 peak kilowatts (kWdc1 peak) in […]