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Republicans change their minds about pushing fracking in state parks
Hydraulic Fracturing

Republicans change their minds about pushing fracking in state parks

COLUMBUS — “A push to allow fracking under state parks, opposed by Gov. John Kasich, died in a legislative committee today. Republicans who control the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee changed their minds on whether include the public lands in a bill designed to speed up the permitting process […]

Charred trucks and equipment at the scene of the June 28 chemical fire at the StatOil North America well pad. Adam Cairns, Columbus Dispatch
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Some fighting state proposal on disclosure of fracking chemicals

COLUMBUS — “Eric Heis, a Department of Natural Resources spokesman, said the department will do that. Heis said more chemical information would be reported, and that chemical information would be available more quickly, if this language passes. ‘We’re pushing for more disclosure,’ Heis said. “We want to make it better, […]

An offshore wind farm at Middelgrunden, Denmark.
AEP / Coal / Energy

American Electric Power should support clean energy in Ohio: Tim Brennan (opinion)

CLEVELAND — “As the fifth largest investor-owned utility in the country, American Electric Power has the potential to lead the industry in clean energy. Renewable energy and energy efficiency are increasingly cost-effective options for utilities seeking to lower their carbon emissions, diversify their power supplies, and limit the risks posed by […]

A proposal from FirstEnergy would guarantee income for the Davis-Besse nuclear plant and other facilities. (Photo by AlienCG via Creative Commons)
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Utility ‘bailout’ cases reflect larger Ohio energy debate

CLEVELAND — “As FirstEnergy awaits a decision on its proposed electric security plan after a similar proposal from American Electric Power (AEP) was rejected by regulators last month, broader themes about Ohio’s energy future are emerging in the debate. The plan recommended by FirstEnergy would have Ohio electricity consumers pay […]

Progressives hold out Ohio as an example not to follow for states that want to foster renewable energy industries
Energy / FirstEnergy

Progressives hold out Ohio as an example not to follow for states that want to foster renewable energy industries

WASHINGTON, DC — “Ohio is being held out as a model for other states — of what not to do if they want to foster a renewable energy industry. That’s the message from environmentalists, wind and solar energy companies and backers of renewable energy generally, in a report from the […]

Judge: Evidence against DuPont enough for well-field-contamination trial
Good Neighbor Campaigns

Judge: Evidence against DuPont enough for well-field-contamination trial

WASHINGTON, DC — “A federal judge has ruled there is enough evidence that chemicals from a DuPont Teflon plant contaminated a drinking-water supply in southeastern Ohio for the matter to go to trial. The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Algenon L. Marbley, issued on Tuesday, answers some fundamental environmental […]

Mountaintop removal coal mining ends on March 16
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Mountaintop removal coal mining ends on March 16

CHARLESTON, WV — “Fourteen months after the world watched in astonishment as poorly regulated coal-washing chemicals contaminated the Elk River in West Virginia, coal country residents and supporters are gearing up for an epic showdown on March 16 with the state’s Department of Environmental Protection—and the U.S. Congress—over the mounting […]

The Oil and Gas Commission listened to testimony from a company representative, seismologist, petroleum engineer and the head of the ODNR's Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management during a hearing that lasted more than eight hours Wednesday.
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Company asks panel for permission to resume fracking operations at Trumbull County site

COLUMBUS — “American Water Management Services Inc. asked a state panel Wednesday to allow it to resume operations at a Trumbull County injection well, following seismic activity near the site last year. The state ordered the company to cease operations at the Weathersfield Township site after two minor quakes in […]

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Panel accepts some fracking safeguards for state parks, rejects others

COLUMBUS — “An Ohio House panel modified a fracking proposal yesterday to explicitly mandate “zero surface impact” on state parks and forests. But by mostly party-line votes, the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee denied a pair of additional amendments that would have provided extra protection to public lands. A […]

Coal ash is a heavy metal-laden and possibly radioactive by-product of coal plants. N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources via YouTube.com
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Duke Energy fined $25.1 million for toxic coal ash spill that polluted NC River last year

CHARLOTTE, NC — “A little over a year since approximately 39,000 tons of toxic coal slurry gushed into a major North Carolina river, the company responsible is being fined $25.1 million for the disaster. Duke Energy, the largest electricity supplier in the country and the primary supplier of energy in […]