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Manny Theodosopoulos talks about the increase in business at his family's two restaurants in Cambridge, Theo's and The Forum. More people are frequenting the restaurants, especially The Forum, which is located near hotels that are occupied by oil and gas workers doing fracking jobs in town.
Hydraulic Fracturing

Community adjusts around fracking industry

CAMBRIDGE — “Money is rolling into Guernsey County because of the exploration of the Utica Shale formation, but only for those directly in its path; others are stagnant or even struggling to stay afloat amid the effects of the new industry. Several restaurants and hotels are doing well, but housing […]

The Davis-Besse nuclear plant on Lake Erie east of Toledo.
Energy / FirstEnergy

Existing cracks in Davis-Besse’s shield building grew

Cracks monitored since September CARROLL TWP — “Cracks in Davis-Besse’s shield building from 2011 grew. First Energy, operator of Davis-Besse, found in September that eight cracks in three locations of the plant’s shield building had grown. In a July 3 letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Davis-Besse reported the cracks […]

A coal-fired power station at Yangzhou in China’s central Jiangsu province. Photo by Vmenkov via Wikimedia Commons

China may be ready to kick coal habit

LONDON, ENGLAND — “There are still doubts. The statistics might be proved wrong. But it looks as if China might be starting to wean itself off its coal consumption habit. China produces and consumes nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined. Coal, the most polluting of […]

Stand up to Duke Energy – Attend a public hearing to stop the bailout
AEP / Clean Power Plan / Duke Energy / FirstEnergy

Stand up to Duke Energy – Attend a public hearing to stop the bailout

Duke Energy, along with Ohio’s other electric utilities, are trying right now behind the scenes to bailout a number of Ohio’s oldest, dirtiest, and least economic coal plants.  What’s worse, they want you and I to pay for it. It’s not right. It’s not fair.  And even if you’re not […]

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has ordered the shutdown of two brine injection wells in Weathersfield Township while it investigates an earthquake at the well site.
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Ohio halts injections at two wells for fracking wastewater after quake

COLUMBUS — “State regulators suspended operations at two deep-injection wells for fracking wastewater in northeastern Ohio yesterday after discovering possible evidence that the operation caused a 2.1-magnitude earthquake last weekend. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued a chief’s order to American Water Management Services for its Weathersfield site near […]

In this July 16, 2013, photo, railroad oil tankers are lined up at the Port of Albany, in Albany, NY. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)
Hydraulic Fracturing

America’s exploding oil train problem

SACRAMENTO, CA — “If you reside in the US, there’s around an eight percent chance that you live in an oil train’s blast zone. And there’s a fight going on at the state and federal levels, between monied interests and regulatory agencies, over efforts to ensure that these trains — […]

Deserted houses are seen near the coal-fired power station, owned by American Electric Power Company, in Cheshire, Ohio. David Howells/Corbis
AEP / Coal / Coal Ash

Ohio workers suing AEP over coal waste

MASON COUNTY, WV — “Thirty-nine workers at an Ohio landfill and their family members who say they’ve been harmed by coal wastes from American Electric Power’s Gavin plant have filed suit, claiming the utility exposed them to a slew of toxic, potentially deadly chemicals. The suit, filed in Mason County […]

Oil and gas wastewater facility run by Danish Flats Environmental Services in Eastern Utah. The process uses open pits that allow the contaminated water to evaporate into the air. Danish Flats was fined $50,000 recently for releasing excessive emissions from its pits. Credit: Danish Flasts Environmental Services
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Oil and gas wastewater pits draw fine for toxic releases

Facility in Utah doubles in size without a proper permit for emissions of volatile organic compounds, including benzene, toluene and xylene. GRAND COUNTY, UT — “A commercial facility that disposes of oil and gas waste in Eastern Utah has been fined $50,000 for releasing excessive amounts of benzene and other […]

EnerVest drilling horizontal wells in Ohio’s Clinton sandstone
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

EnerVest drilling horizontal wells in Ohio’s Clinton sandstone

STARK COUNTY — “Horizontal drilling is being used in Stark County by one Texas-based drilling company to access natural gas and oil in the Clinton sandstone and to boost production. EnerVest Ltd., based in Houston, has quietly drilled seven miniaturized horizontal wells in the sandstone that has been heavily drilled […]

Report: Fracking contaminated drinking water wells in PA
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Report: Fracking contaminated drinking water wells in PA

PITTSBURGH, PA — “Six years into a natural gas boom, Pennsylvania has for the first time released details of 243 cases in which companies prospecting for oil or gas were found by state regulators to have contaminated private drinking water wells. The Department of Environmental Protection on Thursday posted online […]