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Ohio Citizen Action writes Columbiana Chambers of Commerce members about proposed Baard Energy coal refinery
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Ohio Citizen Action writes Columbiana Chambers of Commerce members about proposed Baard Energy coal refinery

COLUMBUS — . . . Baard Energy’s inability to control costs may help explain why they have had difficulty finding investors. This leads to the final questions. Does the refinery project really exist at this point? Baard Energy said it began developing the project in 2003, and now seven years […]

Coal use for U.S. electricity drops to 44.6% in 2009
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Coal use for U.S. electricity drops to 44.6% in 2009

COLUMBUS — In 2009, the proportion of U.S. electricity fueled by coal dropped to 44.6 %, according to the latest U.S. Department of Energy statistics. In 1995, coal fueled 50.9% of U.S. electricity. It rose to 53% in 1997, before beginning its long decline. The transition from coal, then, has […]

Baard Energy asks State for $4.8 billion in financing for proposed coal refinery
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Baard Energy asks State for $4.8 billion in financing for proposed coal refinery

COLUMBUS — On February 12, 2010, Baard Energy applied to the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority (OAQDA) for $4.8 billion in financing for its proposed coal refinery in Wellsville, according to documents obtained yesterday by Ohio Citizen Action. On December 12, 2006, the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority had approved an Inducement Resolution agreeing to issue […]

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Oklahoma residents invite Cass Sunstein to visit community plagued by coal ash

CLEVELAND — Tim Tanksley, a resident of Bokoshe, Oklahoma today added his voice to others around the nation who have invited Cass Sunstein, an administrator with the  U.S. Office of Budget and Management  to view the damage caused by coal ash dumped in his community at a landfill which is named “Making Money Having […]

Even the cows have cancer: EPA weighs tougher regulation of toxic coal ash
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Even the cows have cancer: EPA weighs tougher regulation of toxic coal ash

NEW YORK, NY — “Elisa Young says she has lost at least six neighbors to cancer in the last ten years. ‘I’ve lost neighbors to lung cancer who have never smoked,” she said. “I’ve lost them to brain cancer, breast, throat, colon, multiple myeloma, pre-leukemia. When my son, who’s in […]

Coal ash delay silences the voice of the little guy
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Coal ash delay silences the voice of the little guy

WASHINGTON, DC — “A citizen advocacy group is asking the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) to take a closer look at the environmental and human health impacts of coal ash – a toxic byproduct of coal combustion often precariously stored in outdoor retention ponds. The request […]

Baard coal refinery: Does the United States need more refinery capacity?
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Baard coal refinery: Does the United States need more refinery capacity?

COLUMBUS — At the end of December, 2009, the United States had 833,000 barrels a day of idle refinery capacity. That means the refineries we already have could be processing 833,000 barrels more than they do now. They are idle because U.S. consumption of gasoline and jet fuel is declining. […]

South Carolina Congressman Bob Inglis becomes 167th co-sponsor of bill to ban mountaintop removal ; 8th Republican.
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South Carolina Congressman Bob Inglis becomes 167th co-sponsor of bill to ban mountaintop removal ; 8th Republican.

WASHINGTON, DC — Rep. Bob Inglis, a 6th term Republican from South Carolina’s 4th District, has signed on to be the 167th co-sponsor, including chief sponsor Frank Pallone (D-NJ) of the Clean Water Protection Act (HR 1310). The bill would effectively ban the practice of mountaintop removal coal mining. Inglis is the 8th. Republican to co-sponsor […]

Baard’s own estimates show coal refinery costs out of control
Baard Energy / Coal

Baard’s own estimates show coal refinery costs out of control

COLUMBUS — Baard Energy’s own estimate for the construction costs of their proposed coal refinery in Wellsville reached $6,898,587,288.81 in December, 2008, according to documents obtained under a public records request.  The figure appears on page 13 of a document submitted by the Columbiana County Port Authority to the Ohio Department of Development […]

Communities plagued by toxic coal ash invite regulator to witness devastation
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Communities plagued by toxic coal ash invite regulator to witness devastation

CLEVELAND — Ohio Citizen Action today urged Cass Sunstein, Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, to accept the invitations he is receiving to visit the homes of people in Ohio and across the country whose communities have been devastated by Toxic Coal Ash. The letters, […]