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165th co-sponsor for mountaintop removal coal mining ban, Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL)
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

165th co-sponsor for mountaintop removal coal mining ban, Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL)

Mountaintop removal mining ban U.S. House co-sponsors WASHINGTON, DC — On Friday, Congressman Mike Quigley, first-term Chicago Democrat signed on as a sponsor of the Clean Water Protection Act (HR 1310), an effective ban on mountaintop removal coal mining. Quigley holds the congressional seat first occupied by Stephen Douglas, Abraham […]

Routine review of grant expected
Baard Energy / Coal

Routine review of grant expected

LISBON — “The state will review the expenditure of grant money used by the Columbiana County Port Authority to secure the rights to purchase property for the Baard Energy project as part of a planned review and not in response to a letter from an advocacy group. Ohio Citizen Action […]

Letter to Governor Ted Strickland
Baard Energy / Coal

Letter to Governor Ted Strickland

DAYTON — “I was excited to see on a recent trip the wind farms in the Lafayette area. The fifth grade class that I teach are taking part in a program encouraging children to become aware of and minimize wasteful energy use, and then going home and passing this information […]

Poverty and tyranny central to immoral practice of mountain destruction, water and air poisoning
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Poverty and tyranny central to immoral practice of mountain destruction, water and air poisoning

WASHINGTON, DC — “United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts has observed that, through Massey’s brand of mountaintop removal, CEO Don Blankenship has ’caused more suffering to more people in Appalachia than any other human being.’ Both the Catholic and Presbyterian churches have condemned mountaintop removal as ‘sinful’ because […]

AMP / Coal

City’s share of AMP debt uncertain

MARTINSVILLE, VA — “It could be more than a year before Martinsville officials learn how much the city owes toward the development of a coal-fired power plant project in Ohio that was discontinued in November. American Municipal Power (AMP) spent roughly $200 million on developing the project, which was canceled […]

Please write House Speaker Armond Budish and Senate President Bill Harris:  Why is our tax money going to a coal refinery project with no investors, no suppliers, and no customers?
Baard Energy / Coal

Please write House Speaker Armond Budish and Senate President Bill Harris: Why is our tax money going to a coal refinery project with no investors, no suppliers, and no customers?

COLUMBUS – Ohio state officials have given the proposed Baard Energy coal refinery at least $805,000 in grants and $4.5 million in loans already. All of it our money. They have done this despite Baard Energy’s failure – since 2003 – to secure investors, coal suppliers, or buyers for the […]

Three questions for Baard Energy CEO John Baardson
Baard Energy / Coal / Research & Reports

Three questions for Baard Energy CEO John Baardson

COLUMBUS — On December 22, 2008, John Baardson, CEO Baard Energy, analyzed the prospects for financing a coal refinery in Wellsville in a loan guarantee application to the U.S. Department of Energy: Debt markets in chaos In today’s environment, there is no debt available to projects like Ohio River Clean Fuels [the coal refinery]. […]

EPA’s Jackson: Mining guidelines coming soon
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

EPA’s Jackson: Mining guidelines coming soon

CHARLESTON, WV – “During her appearance this afternoon at the National Press Club in Washington, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson got a question about what her agency plans to do about mountaintop removal. Her comments didn’t make especially big news, especially given EPA’s statement in my Sunday story, but I thought […]

Ohio Citizen Action writes to major airlines: Is Baard Energy negotiating to sell you jet fuel from their refinery?
Baard Energy / Coal

Ohio Citizen Action writes to major airlines: Is Baard Energy negotiating to sell you jet fuel from their refinery?

COLUMBUS – Since 2003, Baard Energy has been saying it would sell jet fuel from its proposed refinery to the Pentagon or to major commercial airlines. On March 3, 2010, I wrote to a dozen major airlines to see if Baard has really been pursuing them as potential customers. The companies are […]

A municipal power co-op tied to area towns tackles a $2 billion hydroelectric project
AMP / Coal

A municipal power co-op tied to area towns tackles a $2 billion hydroelectric project

TOLEDO – “‘Trust me,’ said Marc Gerken, AMP president and chief executive officer. ‘It’s fun running a hydro plant compared to a coal plant.’” “[Napoleon City Manager Jon Bisher, who also chairs AMP’s board of directors] said he was disappointed by the backlash AMP received over the Meigs County project. […]