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Citizens for a Livable Future discuss Prairie State coal plant

BOWLING GREEN — “In 2007 the city of Bowling Green contracted with Amp-Ohio, a wholesale power supplier with involvement in a coal generation plant in Illinois known as Prairie State – with the goal of providing long term electric price stability in a volatile energy market. The group, Citizens for […]

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 […]

Citizens’ group asks US EPA to regulate Ohio fracking waste
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Citizens’ group asks US EPA to regulate Ohio fracking waste

TOLEDO — “A Toledo-based grass-roots group opposed to horizontal shale drilling — also known as fracking — has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take over enforcement of the Clean Water Act in Ohio, saying that the state EPA ‘is no longer fit’ to do the job. Terry Lodge, […]

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 […]

A Halliburton hydrualic fracturing (fracking) operation in the Bakken Formation, North Dakota. (Joshua Doubek/Wikimedia Commons)
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Answers on injection wells, quakes

FORT WORTH, TX — “States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes of its wastewater. Fracking generates vast amounts of wastewater, far more than traditional drilling […]

Each fracking site needs list of chemicals
Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Each fracking site needs list of chemicals

COLUMBUS — “If it hadn’t been for residents’ efforts, the Monroe County Emergency Management Agency might not have had even the meager list of chemicals it had when 16 fracking trucks caught fire on June 29 (“State agency: Fracking fire likely fouled creek,” Dispatch article, July 1). Until September 2013, […]

Ohio fracking water reuse questioned
Hydraulic Fracturing

Ohio fracking water reuse questioned

COLUMBUS — “Since January, Ohio has approved operating permits for 27 centers that take drilling mud, radioactive rocks and wastewater from fracking wells and store or ‘clean’ it before sending it on to landfills or injection wells. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has approved every permit — considered temporary […]

Expert: Pa. didn’t address fracking health impacts
Hydraulic Fracturing

Expert: Pa. didn’t address fracking health impacts

PITTSBURGH, PA — “Pennsylvania’s former health secretary says the state has failed to seriously study the potential health impacts of one of the nation’s biggest natural gas drilling booms. Dr. Eli Avila also says the state’s current strategy is a disservice to people and even to the industry itself because […]

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, […]

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Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

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The U.S. EPA is the ultimate authority over injection wells in our country. They conduct an audit of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ injection well program every few years. Unfortunately, their most recent audits heap uncritical, praise on the ODNR’s injection well program, and show no initiative to actually […]