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Fracking industry suing over drilling bans
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Fracking industry suing over drilling bans

COLUMBUS — “As fracking spreads in the United States, voters in more and more cities are banning drilling, waste disposal and other practices associated with deep-shale oil and gas wells. But those bans have prompted lawsuits filed by state governments or the oil and gas industry raising a legal question: […]

Ohio is set to retire thousands of megawatts from coal plants in the coming years.

Ohio could meet initial EPA clean air standard easily, study finds

COLUMBUS — “Ohio could meet the first year of new carbon standards by simply allowing planned power plant retirements, a new analysis suggests. PJM Interconnection, the regional power grid operator for parts of 13 states including Ohio, analyzed the potential economic impact of the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The […]

FirstEnergy wants to end its program that funds discounts on high-tech consumer light bulbs such as this Cree LED bulb that uses only 11 watts but gives the light of an old-fashioned 60-watt bulb.

Trying to reduce your electric bill? Don’t look to FirstEnergy for help

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy’s plan to end most of its customer energy efficiency programs by year’s end is up for a vote before the Public Utilities Commission today. Such programs reduce demand for electricity, helping to keep prices to consumers lower, say advocates that have urged the PUCO to reject FirstEnergy’s proposals. […]

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 […]

DuPont’s was the only methyl mercaptan release that killed or injured workers in the past five years, according to state and federal data. The gas, however, is among hundreds of dangerous chemicals plants spew across Texas.

DuPont tragedy one of many toxic gas releases

LA PORTE, TX — “A Saturday morning tragedy introduced Texans to an invisible killer. Methyl mercaptan, a foul-smelling gas, overwhelmed five workers at the DuPont chemical plant in La Porte on Nov. 15, killing four – including two brothers – and sending another to the hospital. Such rapid deaths from […]

Concerns, protests over Ohio fracking
Hydraulic Fracturing

Concerns, protests over Ohio fracking

COLUMBUS — “More Disclosure: The Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund called for increased disclosure of chemicals used in horizontal hydraulic fracturing, after a well fire in Monroe County. Emergency responders dealing with the latter, the group said, did not know the types or locations of chemicals at the site. ‘Rather […]

Noah Yasi
Ohio Citizen Action

Ohio Citizen Action welcomes Cincinnati Canvass Director Noah Yasi

Noah Yasi started canvassing May 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His first campaign involved working on a ballot initiative to raise renewable energy standards in Michigan. His activist career has taken him all over the country, and we are pleased that Noah has chosen to lead our field canvass operation […]

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

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.
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

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 […]