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U.S. maps pinpoint earthquakes linked to quest for oil and gas
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

U.S. maps pinpoint earthquakes linked to quest for oil and gas

WASHINGTON, DC — “The United States Geological Survey on Thursday released its first comprehensive assessment of the link between thousands of earthquakes and oil and gas operations, identifying and mapping 17 regions where quakes have occurred. The report was the agency’s broadest statement yet on a danger that has grown […]

Can this oil Baron’s company withstand another quake?
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Can this oil Baron’s company withstand another quake?

His company’s massive water disposal wells have helped drive Oklahoma’s fracking boom. They may also lead to man-made disasters TULSA, OK — “The problem isn’t so much pumping the water out, but finding a place to put it. In Oklahoma, the easiest thing to do is inject it back underground. […]

Solar group, AEP at odds over costs of connecting to grid
AEP / Energy

Solar group, AEP at odds over costs of connecting to grid

Alliance for Solar Choice launches campaign against utility’s stance COLUMBUS — “An advocate for rooftop solar power is taking shots at American Electric Power. The Alliance for Solar Choice is behind a website, www.unamericanelectricpower.com, and a billboard truck that was in Columbus on Tuesday to promote the site. The group […]

AEP CEO Nick Akins
AEP / Coal / Energy

AEP CEO on PUCO: ‘Turnover is a challenge’ but new leader knows issues

COLUMBUS — “AEP and the state’s other electric utilities are in the midst of major state-level decisions as they face issues stemming from operating in Ohio’s deregulated marketplace. The PUCO, the state agency that oversees Ohio’s power industry, has experienced sizable churn at the top in the last few years. […]

Phil Trumbull of Woodville, shows U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur how to plug a charger into a charging station at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in Oak Harbor.
Energy / FirstEnergy

Rep. Kaptur takes Kasich to task on renewable energy

OAK HARBOR — “Still angry over Ohio’s two-year freeze on renewable-energy mandates that Gov. John Kasich signed into law last year, U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) told The Blade on Tuesday the governor ‘shouldn’t lead us backwards’ if he wants to be president. …Asked what that all means in […]

American Electric Power’s Cardinal plant.
AEP / Coal / Energy

AEP leaning toward selling Ohio power plants

Utility concerned about financial viability of unregulated plants COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power appears increasingly likely to sell its Ohio power plants, citing a regulatory structure that the company’s chief executive says is not conducive to investment. …Columbus-based AEP has asked the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to provide a […]

Solar energy gets cloudy in Ohio
Energy

Solar energy gets cloudy in Ohio

Ohio installers say they’re forced to pursue business out of state because of new energy law DUBLIN — “Hull & Associates of Dublin, the project manager behind a Brattleboro, Vt., solar array, has been looking far afield for work following a steep drop in projects in Ohio. The company is […]

Smoke rises from a number of cars that derailed and exploded from a train carrying crude oil in Aliceville, in western Alabama, early November 8, 2013, as pictured in this still image taken from video courtesy of WBMA/abc3340.com. REUTERS/WBMA/abc3340.com/Handout via Reuters
Energy

Safety regulations issued for trains carrying oil

WASHINGTON, DC — “Responding to public pressure to act more quickly after a series of fiery train derailments involving oil shipments, the Transportation Department on Friday issued a series of emergency orders, including a 40-mile-an-hour speed limit for hazardous materials moving through urban areas. The emergency rules also require railroads […]

The devastating coal ash spill at Kingston, TN, in December 2008. One billion gallons of toxic coal ash spilled from the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant, covering 300 acres.
Coal / Coal Ash / Energy

First-ever coal ash rule published: Safeguards begin this fall

Victory: EPA safeguard brings relief, but communities concerned about House efforts to stop these overdue protections WASHINGTON, DC — “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published its final coal ash rule that sets an effective date for public health safeguards as early as October 17, 2015. The long-awaited federal […]

FirstEnergy's Lake Shore power plant, built in 1911, is closing. The coal-fired plant has been the target of neighborhood groups and environmentalists for at least a decade. The company decided to close the old plant rather than upgrade it to meet new air standards reducing mercury and other toxic metal emissions.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy closes 104-year-old coal power plant, electric rates to rise

CLEVELAND— “Power prices will increase, but not because the plants closed Wednesday. It’s complicated. Rates will rise because of the date when FirstEnergy first announced it would close them, back in January 2012. That was just weeks after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it would put new air standards in […]