Pennsylvania Congressman launches frack waste investigation as concern rises Pennsylvania Congressman launches frack waste investigation as concern rises
GRID WARS: The battle to control your electricity GRID WARS: The battle to control your electricity
Advocates keeping close watch on Ohio energy committee Advocates keeping close watch on Ohio energy committee
SAFETY: Poisoned by the shale? Investigations leave questions in oil tank deaths The tank battery at Marathon's Buffalo 34-12H well pad. Dustin Bergsing died on the catwalk between the two tanks in January 2012. Photo courtesy of OSHA, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
Ohio Utility Bailouts What’s the problem?

What’s the problem?

Ohio is at a crossroads about the future of energy use in our state. As ratepayers we need to speak out now. Three of Ohio’s four largest utilities — companies that rarely agree on anything — are teaming up in an attempt to dial back on deregulation. Stop the bailout […]

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Pennsylvania Congressman launches frack waste investigation as concern rises
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Pennsylvania Congressman launches frack waste investigation as concern rises

WASHINGTON, DC —”In a reflection of growing national concern about the disposal of oil and gas waste, a Pennsylvania congressman launched an investigation Wednesday into the way his state regulates the discarding of the unwanted, often toxic material. Rep. Matthew Cartwright, a first-term Democrat from eastern Pennsylvania, wants to know […]

GRID WARS: The battle to control your electricity
Energy / FirstEnergy

GRID WARS: The battle to control your electricity

WASHINGTON, DC — “Rarely has a major U.S. industry reached a crossroads as stark as that facing today’s electric utilities. EPA’s recent proposal for regulating carbon emissions from power plants is just one part of a broader trend, as the century-old model of centralized fossil fuel burning electricity generation moves […]

Advocates keeping close watch on Ohio energy committee
Energy

Advocates keeping close watch on Ohio energy committee

COLUMBUS — “Upcoming meetings of Ohio’s Energy Mandates Study Committee will be open to the public, but the extent to which the public will have a voice in the proceedings remains to be seen. …the Ohio Secretary of State’s online records and Project Vote Smart show that Ohio utilities and […]

Eastern Ohio pipeline hauling toxic mix catches fire
Hydraulic Fracturing

Eastern Ohio pipeline hauling toxic mix catches fire

MONROE COUNTY— “A pipeline carrying condensate, a toxic substance produced during natural gas and oil processing, caught fire in eastern Ohio early this morning. It burned several acres of Monroe County woodland before the pipeline pressure dropped low enough for the fire to burn itself out. No one was injured, […]

EPA quietly revamps policy for alleged major air polluters, ends ‘watch list’
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EPA quietly revamps policy for alleged major air polluters, ends ‘watch list’

WASHINGTON, DC — “The U.S. EPA scrapped a system to track facilities that have chronically polluted the air, water and soil and overhauled the way it handles alleged air polluters, according to previously unreleased documents obtained by SNL Energy. The overhaul targeted a 1998 policy that established the designation of […]

Evacuations lifted, scene secured at Jefferson County well pad site
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Evacuations lifted, scene secured at Jefferson County well pad site

JEFFERSON CO — “UPDATE: A release from the Jefferson County 911 Center states: ‘As of 6:45 Wednesday morning, the emergency at the well pad site on Twp Road 184 in Jefferson County is over.  The site is secure and danger has passed.  All evacuations have been lifted and all residents […]

The tank battery at Marathon's Buffalo 34-12H well pad. Dustin Bergsing died on the catwalk between the two tanks in January 2012. Photo courtesy of OSHA, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
Hydraulic Fracturing

SAFETY: Poisoned by the shale? Investigations leave questions in oil tank deaths

KILLDEER, ND — “Dustin Bergsing was 21 and six weeks a father when he arrived here at Marathon Oil Corp.’s Buffalo 34-12H well pad, a square of red gravel carved into a low hill. By dawn, he was dead. A co-worker found him shortly after midnight, slumped below the open hatch […]

Jessica Smith-Szabo
Ohio Citizen Action

Jessica Smith-Szabo to lead Cleveland field canvass for Ohio Citizen Action

CLEVELAND — On Monday, Jessica Smith-Szabo joined the staff of Ohio Citizen Action as Field Canvass Director. Recently married on September 27, Jessica is a dedicated canvasser from Clean Water Action in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Smith-Szabo grew up in Milan, Michigan the middle child of five. She studied at Central […]

Since 2009, oil and gas production has had more deaths from fires and explosion than any private industry. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.
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OIL AND GAS: Drilling’s worker safety record bodes ill for public health

WASHINGTON, DC — “Worker safety is perhaps the only place where the oil and gas industry’s safety record can be lined up next to other industries and compared. It’s gotten better, but with a fatality rate that topped coal mining’s in 2012, drilling stacks up badly. Public health and worker […]

Minnesota leads Midwest on efficiency; Indiana, Ohio falter
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Minnesota leads Midwest on efficiency; Indiana, Ohio falter

ST PAUL, MN — “The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACCEE) lauded Wisconsin for being among the top four states for improving its energy efficiency environment. The rest of the region had a much more mixed scorecard, with both Ohio (25) and Indiana (40) falling substantially in the […]