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Newly confirmed DEP Secretary John Quigley wants to make the agency more transparent, with data easily accessible.
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

DEP plans new fracking chemical disclosure site, promises more transparency

HARRISBURG, PA — “Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection is developing several tools to make information on natural gas drilling more accessible to the public. This includes a new fracking chemical disclosure site, a web portal for information on each natural gas well, and opportunities for the public to comment on […]

Ohio’s clean energy changes force Cincinnati company to look elsewhere
Energy

Ohio’s clean energy changes force Cincinnati company to look elsewhere

CINCINNATI —  “A change to the state of Ohio’s clean energy policy has left one Cincinnati firm reaching out to other areas to keep its business running. Steve Melink, president of Melink Corp., said the state legislature’s decision to remove renewable energy requirements for companies has left the four business […]

A memorial to the fallen miners in Whitesville, W.Va.
Stephen Crowley / The New York Times
Coal / Energy

The People v. the Coal Baron

NEW YORK, NY —  “Mr. Blankenship’s quasi-dictatorial management style as chief executive produced spectacular results for Massey, transforming it from a relatively modest business dominated by a single family into a corporation that operated more than 150 mines and brought in more than $2.6 billion in revenue. And Massey’s success […]

The Sierra Club’s Jen Miller addresses about 100 people in Columbus at a June 15 rally organized by the Sierra Club’s Ohio Chapter and Ohio Citizen Action to protest FirstEnergy’s plan.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy “bailout” case: Are new additions “special deals?”

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy continues to fight against full disclosure of details in its bid to have Ohio ratepayers guarantee sales for three less profitable coal plants plus the Davis-Besse nuclear plant, even as it adds new rate proposals. FirstEnergy says the new provisions are separate from its proposed power purchase […]

FirstEnergy‘s Davis-Besse nuclear power plant in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy next into fight over controversial power purchase agreements

COLUMBUS — “For FirstEnergy, $5 billion is riding on its proposal. That’s the difference in projected costs being debated by FirstEnergy and its opponents. The company estimates its customers ultimately will save $2 billion in its plan, but an analysis by the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel projects a $3 billion shortfall […]

The FracTracker Alliance prepared this map to show oil and gas production and industry water use in the Utica shale play area of southeastern Ohio. Courtesy of FracTracker Alliance.
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Fracking and water: Quantity, not just quality, a concern

CAMP HILL, PA — “Even in a water-rich state like Ohio, growing water use for fracking could strain water reserves, according to new research from the FracTracker Alliance, a non-profit organization that compiles data, maps and analyses about the impacts of the oil and gas industry. FrackTracker compared the oil […]

Efficiency gains will moderate price increases under Clean Power Plan
Clean Power Plan / Coal

Efficiency gains will moderate price increases under Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Clean Power Plan will raise power prices, but a mix of energy efficiency and market forces will keep residential bills from following in lock step. According to the EIA, in the early years of compliance residential electricity prices will rise 6% above baseline analysis, but bills […]

On June 15 about 100 demonstrators gathered in Columbus, Ohio to ask the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to deny FirstEnergy's request for a rate hike to support its aging coal plants.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy / Uncategorized

Green energy advocates: Coal is unsustainable in more ways than one

COLUMBUS — “Environmentalists have said for years that coal and other fossil fuels are not sustainable sources of energy. Now advocates of green energy are arguing that coal has also become economically unsustainable. Coal has reportedly become a bad investment, even in countries with large coal reserves. FirstEnergy Corp. began […]

Eramet Marietta fire extinguished; No injuries reported
Eramet / Good Neighbor Campaigns

Eramet Marietta fire extinguished; No injuries reported

MARIETTA — “The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says due to the rapid response of fire departments, the fire at Eramet Marietta was brought under control and was extinguished. The exact cause of the fire isn’t known, but the fire was put out about an hour after it broke out, shortly […]

“No Coal Bailout” protest in Columbus
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

“No Coal Bailout” protest in Columbus

COLUMBUS — Over a hundred people turned up in front of the Public Utility Commission Office (PUCO) to protest against the request by FirstEnergy  for a bailout of their outdated coal plants and their Davis-Besse nuclear plant. Ratepayers showed up with signs lined up in front of the building on […]