Archive for October, 2012

House District 37 candidate Tom Schmida pledges support for medical right-to-know bill
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

House District 37 candidate Tom Schmida pledges support for medical right-to-know bill

TWINSBURG — House District 37 candidate Tom Schmida today pledged his support for H.B. 596, the medical right-to-know bill, if he is elected on November 6.  District 37 is in the northeast portion of Summit County. H.B. 596, introduced earlier this month by Rep. Bob Hagan (Youngstown), would fix the […]

House District 92 candidate Robert Armstrong pledges support for medical right-to-know bill
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

House District 92 candidate Robert Armstrong pledges support for medical right-to-know bill

H.B. 596, introduced earlier this month by Rep. Bob Hagan (Youngstown), would fix the medical right-to-know and ‘gag-order’ provisions of Ohio’s new hydraulic fracturing law. That measure contained provisions allowing drilling companies to hide chemical information from doctors, nurses, emergency responders, medical technologists, and medical researchers. It also put a […]

Oklahoma driller Chesapeake Energy top contributor to Ohio House District 2 candidate Mark Romanchuk
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Oklahoma driller Chesapeake Energy top contributor to Ohio House District 2 candidate Mark Romanchuk

CLEVELAND — The biggest contributor to Mark Romanchuk’s campaign for Ohio House District 2 representative has been Chesapeake Energy, according to his campaign finance filing last week with the Ohio Secretary of State.  Chesapeake Energy contributed $4,000 to his campaign, a conspicuous amount for a state representative race. Romanchuk is running […]

Wording of Mansfield Charter Amendment A on November 6 ballot
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Wording of Mansfield Charter Amendment A on November 6 ballot

CLEVELAND — Next Tuesday’s ballot in Mansfield includes Charter Amendment A, the central provision of which states – It shall be unlawful for any person or corporation, or any director, officer, owner, or manager of a corporation or state government or any entity to use a corporation or state government […]

Anti-’bill of rights’ flyers dominate Mansfield public forum
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Anti-’bill of rights’ flyers dominate Mansfield public forum

MANSFIELD — “Questions raised by an eleventh-hour flurry of political ads opposed to the city’s proposed environmental ‘bill of rights’ ballot issue dominated a public elections forum Monday at the Mansfield-Richland County Public Library. South-side resident Barbara Walter referred to ads — which have appeared in mailboxes and on broadcasts […]

Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Bills call for increased access to information about chemicals used in fracking

AKRON — “A Lakewood senator and a Youngstown state representative have partnered to introduce bills into the Ohio General Assembly that would revise the state’s oil and gas standards. Senate Bill 379, sponsored by Sen. Michael Skindell, and House Bill 596, led by Rep. Robert Hagan, would amend the requirements […]

Issue 29 in Broadview Heights will send a message to state officials, oil and gas corporations: Endorsement
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Issue 29 in Broadview Heights will send a message to state officials, oil and gas corporations: Endorsement

BROADVIEW HTS — “Now a group of dedicated residents is looking to right the wrong and perhaps give the city a leg to stand on when a drilling company comes to the city. This issue, if approved, will create a charter amendment that would establish a community bill of rights […]

Citizen Action canvassers door-knock for Mansfield Amendment A
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Citizen Action canvassers door-knock for Mansfield Amendment A

Big storms and fracking: what’s at stake?
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Big storms and fracking: what’s at stake?

WASHINGTON, DC — “One of the greatest risks at these sites are spills and what is called ‘stormwater runoff.’ Under the Clean Water Act, there is something called the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule which includes requirements for oil spill prevention, preparedness, and response to prevent oil discharges […]

Who fracked Mitt Romney?
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Who fracked Mitt Romney?

Meet his top energy adviser: billionaire oil tycoon Harold Hamm BISMARK, ND — “Tapping the Bakken has already made Hamm one of America’s richest oil barons, and North Dakota now rivals Texas as the top-producing oil state, with an economy hotter than a Houston sidewalk in August. In 2011, tax […]