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Advocates keeping close watch on Ohio energy committee
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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
Hydraulic Fracturing

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.
Hydraulic Fracturing

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
Energy

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 […]

New report: Fracking companies are exploiting the Halliburton loophole to inject toxic chemicals
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New report: Fracking companies are exploiting the Halliburton loophole to inject toxic chemicals

An Environmental Integrity Project Investigation finds at least 6 fracking fluids on the market with higher concentrations of benzene (a carcinogen) than diesel fuel, and at least 153 wells fracked with liquids containing ethylbenzene (a probable carcinogen) in 11 states (OK, ND, TX, WY, CO, CA, OH, LA, NM, MT, […]

An artist's drawing of the European Space Agency's Envisat. The satellite's sophisticated sensors measured the massive methane leaks from shale oil and gas production. Photo courtesy of the European Space Agency.
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Researchers find record leaks of methane from oil shale boom areas

BREMEN, GERMANY — “Oil and gas basins in North Dakota and East Texas leaked around 10 percent of natural gas they produced to the atmosphere between 2006 and 2011. Natural gas is composed primarily of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that exacerbates climate change. The leakage rate in the study is […]