Archive for November, 2012

Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Landowner does not want a pending injection well on her property

ATHENS COUNTY — “An oil and gas well on her property along state Route 144 has methodically pumped out a steady income for her family. Now, the lease, D.T. Atha, Inc., is asking the Oil and Gas Division of ODNR for a permit to convert the well to an injection […]

Medina leaders set fracking discussion
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Medina leaders set fracking discussion

MEDINA — “The special legislation committee of Medina City Council will meet Dec. 4 to discuss and hear input on the issue of hydraulic fracking within city limits. …Speakers for the event include: Michelle Aini, of Broadview Heights, who will be discussing the impact of horizontal hydraulic fracking and injection […]

Frack secrets by thousands keep U.S. clueless on wells
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Frack secrets by thousands keep U.S. clueless on wells

KARNES COUNTY, TX — “A year-old Texas law that requires drillers to disclose chemicals they pump underground during hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking,’ was powerless to compel transparency for EXP- F0173-11. The solvent and several other ingredients in the product are considered a trade secret by Superior Well Services, the Nabors […]

ODNR shuts down attempt at impromptu ‘public hearing’ on injection well
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

ODNR shuts down attempt at impromptu ‘public hearing’ on injection well

About 100 people asked to leave Athens ‘open house’ event ATHENS — “Inside the building, Richard J. Simmers, chief of ODNR’s Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management, defended the open house approach as actually providing a much better opportunity than a traditional public hearing for citizens to get their […]

Canada Week: Canada is a declining market for U.S. coal
Coal / Energy

Canada Week: Canada is a declining market for U.S. coal

WASHINGTON, DC — “Exports of U.S. coal to Canada have declined in recent years as Canada has reduced its coal-fired electric generation. U.S. coal exports to Canada totaled 3.2 million short tons and represented roughly 5% of the 66.2 million short tons of total U.S. coal exports during the first […]

FirstEnergy halts its challenge to efficiency mandates, for now
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy halts its challenge to efficiency mandates, for now

CLEVELAND — “Ohio’s energy efficiency standards will remain intact — for now. FirstEnergy Corp. has abandoned its behind-the-scene lobbying campaign to persuade lawmakers to gut a four-year-old law requiring utilities to help customers use less electricity by switching to energy efficient equipment and lighting. At least a dozen energy efficiency […]

No reason to hurry
Energy / FirstEnergy

No reason to hurry

AKRON — “What troubles Advanced Energy Economy Ohio and, earlier, the Ohio Manufacturers Association, is the timing of the FirstEnergy effort. They see the requirements largely working, producing savings and sparking innovation. They ask: Why rush to shift direction so substantially — without the benefit of legislative hearings or a […]

Cincinnati City Manager 2013 budget plans to divert more waste
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Cincinnati City Manager 2013 budget plans to divert more waste

CINCINNATI — On Monday, Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney released his 2013 draft city budget. Unlike previous years, plans to make up a revenue deficit do not include cuts to the Office of Environmental Quality. In fact, the budget lays out plans to semi-automate the city’s solid waste program which are […]

Energy / FirstEnergy

Battle brewing over energy conservation standards

COLUMBUS — “A battle is emerging over state energy conservation standards that have saved Ohioans $1 billion on their electric bills since 2008. Ohio’s Energy Efficiency Resource Standard requires that Ohio investor-owned utilities cut a cumulative 22 percent of electric consumption through energy efficiency efforts by 2025. The standards were […]

Residents back Youngstown commission in opposition to fracking
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Residents back Youngstown commission in opposition to fracking

YOUNGSTOWN — “Residents supported the position of the Youngstown Park and Recreation Commission, which again made it clear the city has no intention to lease mineral rights of park land to oil and gas companies. There will be ‘no drilling or fracking in our parks,’ commission Chairman Anthony Spano said […]