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Senate votes to keep ‘Halliburton loophole'; regulation stays with states
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Senate votes to keep ‘Halliburton loophole'; regulation stays with states

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Senate sided with the oil and gas industry yesterday and flatly rejected an effort to repeal a provision environmentalists call the “Halliburton loophole.” The measure would have repealed a provision in the 2005 energy bill that exempted the practice from the underground injection control (UIC) provisions […]

Bakken crude oil rolls over Ohio rails
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Bakken crude oil rolls over Ohio rails

COLUMBUS — “Millions of gallons of some of the most volatile crude oil in North America are being transported on rail lines through Ohio each week, according to reports that the state had kept secret until this week. The railroad-company reports show that 45 million to 137 million gallons of […]

FirstEnergy’s latest strategy for a bailout is still a bad idea
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy’s latest strategy for a bailout is still a bad idea

CLEVELAND — “I discussed FirstEnergy’s strategy with Ned Hill, noted economist and dean of Cleveland State’s College of Urban Affairs. He described it as building a ‘redistributive coalition,’ which is comprised of a relatively small group of beneficiaries from a collective action who join forces to advocate a self-interested public […]

A semi from Pennsylvania unloads wastewater at the Devco No. 1 injection well near Cambridge, Ohio.
Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Environmental groups complain to U.S. EPA about state fracking oversight

COLUMBUS — “Dozens of environmental-advocacy groups are challenging the authority of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to manage and respond to emergencies related to the oil and gas industry. The groups — including ProgressOhio, the Sierra Club and Ohio Citizen Action — sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection […]

FirstEnergy has proposed a new rate plan that would help secure the future of the Davis-Besse plant in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Energy / FirstEnergy

Hearing draws varied crowd on rate plan for Davis-Besse

TOLEDO — “According to Scott Gerfen, Ohio Consumers Counsel spokesman, FirstEnergy has already received billions of dollars for its transition to deregulated power plants under Ohio’s 1999 law that lifted market restrictions. Michael Shields, a researcher for Policy Matters Ohio, said FirstEnergy shouldn’t be rewarded for failing to diversify its […]

Ohioans stand up in force to oppose bailing out old, dirty power plants
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohioans stand up in force to oppose bailing out old, dirty power plants

CLEVELAND — “Our state and regional leaders should be helping us build a healthy and prosperous future for our families as we transition away from the dirty fuels of the past. They should take advantage of the growing clean energy industry, investing in local economic development and providing programs that […]

Hilary Vogelbaum (pictured above on the right with her mom Judy Rosman), a 16-year-old high school student, delivered powerful testimony about her hope for the future and why she believes FirstEnergy's request should be rejected.
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Ohio high schooler gives powerful testimony in the face of Big Coal

CLEVELAND — “I have a unique personal experience that I would like to share with you.  I have had the privilege of doing research on development of organic solar cells at Case Western Reserve University in the lab of Dr. Genevieve Sauve.  I cannot begin to tell you the passion […]

Teresa McHugh and Katriel Israel from Ohio Sierra Club and Rachael Belz of Ohio Citizen Action at the PUCO hearing in Cleveland, January 20, 2015.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy rate plan pummeled during PUCO hearing as 80 demand to testify

CLEVELAND — “A sharply critical crowd of about 200 FirstEnergy customers and critics poured into Cleveland City Council chambers Tuesday night to vent rage about the company’s latest rate proposal, and at times, its actions over the last decade. The five-hour marathon hearing before representatives of the Public Utilities Commission […]

Ohio Citizen Action to receive award from Alliance for Chemical Safety
Hydraulic Fracturing / Ohio Citizen Action / Right-to-Know

Ohio Citizen Action to receive award from Alliance for Chemical Safety

Risk Communication Award for group’s work on fracking chemical right-to-know CINCINNATI — The Alliance for Chemical Safety presented Melissa English of Ohio Citizen Action with the 2015 Risk Communication Award. The award is given each year to a company, individual or organization that has excelled in minimizing public exposure to chemical […]

Drops in Ohio clean energy investment could hurt jobs, growth
Energy

Drops in Ohio clean energy investment could hurt jobs, growth

COLUMBUS — “Late last spring, Gov. John Kasich signed Senate Bill 310 into law. SB 310 “freezes” increases in the energy efficiency and renewable energy targets for two years, while also scaling back the scope of those standards. In the wake of the legislature’s actions, investments in the state’s clean […]