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Ohio activist groups pleased by committee death of H.B. 490

COLUMBUS — “A coalition of environmental organizations, community organizing groups and concerned citizens including health professionals and first responders mobilized to help defeat HB 490, killing it in the Ohio Senate Agriculture Committee before it could move to the floor for a vote. Mobilized within just three weeks, hundreds of […]

Agriculture and environment bill stuck in committee
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Agriculture and environment bill stuck in committee

COLUMBUS — “A heavily amended, wide-ranging bill dealing with environmental, agriculture and fracking issues now could to be stuck in the mud. House Bill 490 includes language dealing with regulations of telephone landlines, the allowing more water to be drawn from Lake Erie under the Great Lakes Compact and fracking […]

Concerns raised about Ohio chemical disclosure bill
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Concerns raised about Ohio chemical disclosure bill

COLUMBUS — “An Ohio Senate committee is expected to vote soon on a controversial bill about disclosure of chemicals used in oil and gas fracking operations. A provision added to House Bill 490 requires drilling companies to report the substances they use to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. … […]

Bhopal Gas disaster survivors shout slogans as they burn an effigy during a protest rally in Bhopal on December 2, 2014. (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images)
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Bhopal: The World’s Worst Industrial Disaster, 30 Years Later

BHOPAL, INDIA — “Thirty years ago, on the night of December 2, 1984, an accident at the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, released at least 30 tons of a highly toxic gas called methyl isocyanate, as well as a number of other poisonous gases. The pesticide plant was […]

First responders need data quickly
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First responders need data quickly

COLUMBUS — “Emergency responders, especially, need to know about what they might be facing when fighting a fire or cleaning up a spill. A 1986 federal law, the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, requires such disclosure. In Ohio, environmental advocates and state officials are arguing about how best to […]

bill approved by the Ohio House last week makes changes to how oil and gas drillers report hazardous chemicals to emergency planners and first responders. (Joshua Gunter/ The Plain Dealer)
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Chemical reporting bill controversial

Changes would block public access to database COLUMBUS — “Environmental activists said the bill would hurt first responders’ ability to do their jobs while giving more power to ODNR. ‘No other chemical-intensive industry in the state gets a pass like this,’ Melissa English, development director for Ohio Citizen Action, said […]

Authorities responding to a fire at this fracking well in Monroe County in June couldn’t get to the site’s list of chemicals for days.
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Bill alters reporting of fracking chemicals in Ohio

COLUMBUS — The bill would change how Ohio deals with the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, enacted almost 30 years ago to keep residents and emergency responders informed about the hazardous chemicals in their backyards. Congress passed the act in 1986, in direct response to a 1984 chemical […]

Ohio activists oppose disclosure provisions of H.B. 490
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Ohio activists oppose disclosure provisions of H.B. 490

COLUMBUS — “HB 490 is sponsored by Rep. Andy Thompson (R-Marietta), who represents a large portion of Ohio’s shale country and received significant funding for his re-election campaign from oil and gas interests. An earlier version of the bill included language to repeal the oil and gas reporting exemption, but […]

Silverio Caggiano, a 31-year veteran of the Youngstown Fire Department.
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First responders, community members and environmental advocates call for fracking chemical disclosure

COLUMBUS — After the Ohio House of Representatives quietly passed House Bill 490 during the lame duck session, the state is poised to go backwards when it comes to protecting communities and first responders. In 2013, after outcry from citizens and the environmental community, the United States EPA reaffirmed that […]

Merger gives fracturing disclosures uncertain future
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Merger gives fracturing disclosures uncertain future

HOUSTON, TX — “Baker Hughes’ much-praised practice of fully disclosing the ingredients in its fracturing fluid faces an uncertain future now that Baker Hughes is poised to merge into larger rival Halliburton. Environmental groups lauded Baker Hughes last month after it announced it would start providing complete lists of all […]