Energy

Athens council opposes Meigs barge facility proposal
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Athens council opposes Meigs barge facility proposal

ATHENS — “Athens City Council unanimously voted on Monday to oppose the construction of a barge facility on the Ohio River which would accept fracking waste in neighboring Meigs County. GreenHunter Water, a Texas company, is seeking approval by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build a barge facility in […]

Trans Canada proposes natural gas pipeline through Morrow County
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Trans Canada proposes natural gas pipeline through Morrow County

MORROW COUNTY — “Trans Canada is evaluating the possibility of developing a new natural gas pipeline on its ANR system through Morrow County. This possibility brought Trans Canada representative Peter Jaskoski to meet with Morrow County Commissioners on Wednesday July 16, 2014. In a handout provided to the commissioners by Jaskoski, […]

Auditor general criticizes DEP oversight of shale gas industry
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Auditor general criticizes DEP oversight of shale gas industry

HARRISBURG, PA — “State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale issued a withering review Tuesday of the Department of Environmental Protection‘‍s oversight of the shale gas industry and the regulatory agency’‍s practices for responding to citizens’‍ complaints that drilling has affected their drinking water. The long-promised performance audit details the agency’‍s shortcomings, including […]

Figure 2 - Ohio’s injection wells – image credit: Fractracker.org
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Injection wells – What’s the problem?

What is brine, what is an injection well? Horizontal hydraulic fracturing, now being used in Ohio to extract oil and gas, is an invasive industrial process that fractures rocks deep underground. The oil and gas that comes up is millions of years old, and is thought to be the heated, […]

AEP Ohio says it will maintain its energy-efficiency programs despite a new state law easing requirements. One way AEP encourages savings is paying a bounty for old, less-efficient refrigerators.
AEP / Energy

AEP keeping it ‘green’

Most investor-owned utilities in Ohio don’t plan any changes to energy-efficiency programs despite new law COLUMBUS — “‘Green’-energy efforts in Ohio might not be in suspended animation after all. All but one of Ohio’s regulated electricity utilities plan to continue with their green-energy programs despite a new state law that […]

The renewable energy industry hopes federal carbon rules will help them influence the energy efficiency standards debate in Ohio.
Kathleen Lavine | Denver Business Journal
Energy

Renewable energy backers hope federal EPA rules give them a voice in Ohio

COLUMBUS — “Now that the dust from the fight has settled, renewable energy backers are hoping proposed federal rules can help them pry their way back into the conversation and soften the blow. Terrence O’Donnell, an attorney and lobbyist for Dickinson Wright PLLC and one of the main forces behind […]

With its proximity to residences, one of the largest concerns around hydraulic fracturing has been human and animal exposure to chemicals used in the process, but a lack of legal requirements have limited the ability of the public to access this information. Photo: Trudy E Bell
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Fracking, chemicals, and our health: EPA considers a hydraulic fracturing chemical disclosure rule

WASHINGTON, DC — “From their start, many hydraulic fracturing operators have faced criticism from the public, policy makers, and the scientific community for their handling of chemical disclosure (and lack thereof). A 2012 petition to the EPA from the Environmental Integrity Project and 16 other groups said it best. There […]

Scientist Amy Townsend-Small explains how she tests water wells for methane in Carroll County, Ohio. Credit: Lisa Song, InsideClimate News
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

In rare effort, Ohio scientist to test water before fracking soars

Baseline tests offer a template for other fracking communities worried about how drilling might contaminate groundwater supplies. CARROLL COUNTY — “As the shale gas boom was making its way into Ohio in 2012, University of Cincinnati scientist Amy Townsend-Small began testing private water wells in Carroll County, the epicenter of […]

Protesters at an event in May in Naples, Fla., opposed to drilling near the Everglades. State officials say they have found no evidence of groundwater contamination from a type of drilling used nearby known as acidification.
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Florida county goes to court over ‘Acid Fracking’ near Everglades

COLLIER CO, FL — “In southwest Florida, county officials are fighting the state over a new oil drilling process that’s known by many different names: acidification, acidizing, acid stimulation and acid fracking. Acid has long been used in oil drilling operations in Florida to dissolve and loosen the limestone bedrock. […]

Pipeline owners want to ship natural gas from Ohio back west
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Pipeline owners want to ship natural gas from Ohio back west

CLARINGTON — “The operators of one of the longest west-to-east-flowing pipelines in the United States want to begin moving natural gas from Ohio back west, a clear signal that shale deposits here are paying off for some companies. The companies have filed an application to reverse the flow with the […]