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Kevin Eigel of EcoHouse Solar works on panels at Third Hand Bicycle Cooperative on E. 5th Avenue. A 2012 report found that Ohio had 31,322 jobs in “green” energy and solar power was tied to more jobs — 5,619 — than any other renewable energy source. photo: Kristen Zeis
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Why don’t some state officials want you to read this report on ‘green’ energy jobs?

Report on ‘green’ energy jobs was put on ice during debate COLUMBUS — “A state agency paid almost $435,000 for a survey to tally clean-energy jobs in Ohio but never released the results. The Ohio Development Services Agency says the study went unused because it was based on dubious methods […]

Worker killed in explosion at Noble County oil and gas facility
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Worker killed in explosion at Noble County oil and gas facility

COLUMBUS — “Fracking sites claimed lives in Ohio and Colorado this week, bringing home concerns about worker safety that have grown as the controversial method of collecting oil and gas has increased. A Virginia man working on an oil and gas pump at a fracking site in Noble County in […]

Massey Energy Co. chief executive Don Blankenship testifies in May 2010 at the U.S. Senate’s Health and Human Services subcommittee hearing on mine safety, just a few weeks after 29 miners died at the Massey-operated Upper Big Branch Mine, in Raleigh County.
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Longtime Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship indicted

CHARLESTON, WV — “Don Blankenship, the longtime chief executive officer of Massey Energy, was indicted Thursday on charges that he orchestrated the routine violation of key federal mine safety rules at the company’s Upper Big Branch Mine prior to an April 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners. A federal grand […]

CONSOL & Blue Racer release statement on fatal oil well drilling accident in Noble County
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CONSOL & Blue Racer release statement on fatal oil well drilling accident in Noble County

MARION — “One person is dead and authorities are investigating following an oil well drilling accident in Noble County Wednesday afternoon.The accident happened about 4:15 p.m. when a fire was reported adjacent to a CONSOL Energy well pad in Marion Township. According to a statement from CONSOL energy Thursday morning, […]

Dear PUCO: My family cares about saving money on our electric bill
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Dear PUCO: My family cares about saving money on our electric bill

Low-income Ohioans to bear brunt of weatherization cuts
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Low-income Ohioans to bear brunt of weatherization cuts

COLUMBUS — “Although all Ohio ratepayers benefit from energy-efficient home weatherization programs for low-income families, future benefits could suffer from recent changes to state law, says a new report. Investments in those programs have been producing $2.51 in savings and other benefits for every $1 they cost, reports the study […]

Are utilities or states the leaders in renewable energy and Efficiency?
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Are utilities or states the leaders in renewable energy and Efficiency?

WASHINGTON, DC — “A June 2014 study by Ceres highlighted the top electric utilities for renewable energy and efficiency. In an article discussing the findings, Utility Dive suggested that there are “wide disparities […] in the extent to which electric utilities currently deliver renewable energy and energy efficiency.” To find […]

LJ Turner on his cattle ranch near North Antelope Rochelle mine in Wyoming. Photograph: Mae Ryan/Guardian
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The real story of US coal: inside the world’s biggest coalmine

NORTH ANTELOPE ROCHELLE MINE, WY — “In the fossil fuel jackpot that is Wyoming, it can be hard to see a future beyond coal. One of the few who can is LJ Turner, whose grandfather and father homesteaded on the high treeless plains nearly a century ago. Turner, who raises […]

Down but not out: After frack ban fails in Youngstown, Ohio, for the fourth time, activist Susie Beiersdorfer refuses to accept defeat. "We don't lose until we quit...We can't quit," she says. Credit: Preparation for a presentation on fracking/Bill Baker
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Athens passes fracking ban, three other Ohio cities don’t

Athens approves fracking ban in landslide; ‘we won’t quit’ is the mantra in Youngstown ATHENS — “The college town of Athens, Ohio voted by 78 percent to outlaw fracking and related activities on Tuesday, standing in stark contrast to three other towns in the state that failed to pass similar […]

As Oil Plunges Further, Why It Might Be ‘Game Over’ For The Fracking Boom
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As Oil Plunges Further, Why It Might Be ‘Game Over’ For The Fracking Boom

NEW YORK, NY — “The price of oil fell some more on Tuesday, down as low as $75.84 before closing at $77 a barrel. The decline is blamed on Saudi Arabia cutting prices rather than cutting output amid signs of global glut. That’s discouraging to America’s highly leveraged drillers, who had […]