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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
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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. […]

Group questions Baard property funding
Baard Energy / Coal

Group questions Baard property funding

LISBON – “A consumer advocacy group is questioning the use of tax dollars to secure property for the Baard Energy project since some of it went to a man later convicted of operating a meth lab on his land.” “Ohio Citizen Action‘s Catherine Turcer sent a letter this week to […]

Ohio Citizen Action files formal request for documents on Gov. Strickland’s role in State money going to Baard Energy
Baard Energy / Coal

Ohio Citizen Action files formal request for documents on Gov. Strickland’s role in State money going to Baard Energy

COLUMBUS — Ohio Citizen Action today filed a formal public records request with the Office of Ohio Governor Ted Strickland for documents concerning the role Governor Strickland and his staff played in securing State money for the controversial proposed Baard Energy refinery in Wellsville. Catherine Turcer, Director, Money in Politics Project, Ohio […]

Clean Water Call-in Day March 15
Mountaintop Removal

Clean Water Call-in Day March 15

COLUMBUS — Help stop the dumping of mining waste in our water.  Please call the White House on March 15 and ask President Obama to restore the Clean Water Act’s prohibition on filling waters with waste. The Problem: Taking advantage of a loophole that the Bush administration created in Clean […]

Ohio Citizen Action asks Attorney General to investigate funding for Baard Project
Baard Energy / Coal

Ohio Citizen Action asks Attorney General to investigate funding for Baard Project

COLUMBUS — Catherine Turcer, director of Ohio Citizen Action’s Money in Politics, today asked Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to investigate whether the State of Ohio can recoup funds it has sent to the Columbiana County Port Authority for the proposed Baard Energy coal refinery. The Ohio Department of Development […]

“There are no mature coal-to-oil precedents in the world except for South Africa”
Baard Energy / Coal

“There are no mature coal-to-oil precedents in the world except for South Africa”

BEIJING, CHINA – “With the prices of oil being high, a mania of investment in coal-to-oil had appeared in China two years earlier. But the mania was calmed down with the restraining order from the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission, which issued on July 7, 2006 the Notice on […]

Columbiana County Port Authority chief incensed at Ohio Citizen Action investigation of proposed Baard Energy refinery
Baard Energy / Coal

Columbiana County Port Authority chief incensed at Ohio Citizen Action investigation of proposed Baard Energy refinery

COLUMBUS – “I am writing you on behalf of Ohio Citizen Action, a consumer advocacy group, in regards to Baard Energy’s proposed coal to liquids facility for Wellsville, Ohio, and any existing or potential involvement they may have with your company.  I am interested in whether or not Baard Energy […]