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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 […]

Duke Energy, partners to build $5B gas pipeline from WV to NC
Duke Energy / Energy

Duke Energy, partners to build $5B gas pipeline from WV to NC

CHARLOTTE, NC — “Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas have selected Virginia-based Dominion to build a massive natural gas pipeline to eastern North Carolina from West Virginia. The 550-mile ‘Atlantic Coast Pipeline’ project, as it is being called, will cost as much as $5 billion. The 42-inch pipeline in West […]

Weathersfield injection wells Trumbull county.
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

ODNR investigating quake centered at Weathersfield injection wells

21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio – WEATHERSFIELD TOWNSHIP — “After reviewing the data the United States Geological Survey has revised information on a Sunday afternoon earthquake in Trumbull county. The initial report by the USGS placed the center of the 1.8 magnitude quake about a mile […]

Charred trucks and eqiupment remain on the scene of the chemical fire on June 28 at the StatOil North America wellpad.
Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Fracking fire points out failings

CLARINGTON — “When firefighters got to the StatOil fire on June 28, a company employee told them the papers listing the chemicals that were on the well pad that day were inside a trailer. The trailer was on fire. A list of the chemicals had to be brought in from […]

American Electric Power has installed about 100,000 “smart meters” in its tests so far.
AEP / Energy

Refusing a ‘smart meter’ could cost you big dollars

COLUMBUS — “Electricity customers who want nothing to do with the ‘smart meters’ being deployed in the state might get stuck with a big bill in return. American Electric Power Ohio is asking state regulators to impose a $31.80-a-month charge on those who don’t want one of the meters. Duke […]

Duke Energy to retire coal operations at its W.C. Beckjord Station
Coal / Duke Energy / Energy

Duke Energy to retire coal operations at its W.C. Beckjord Station

CINCINNATI — “Duke Energy today announced it will retire the remaining coal-fired units, 5 and 6, at its W.C. Beckjord Station in New Richmond, Ohio, effective Sept. 1. Due to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s increasingly stringent regulations on power plant emissions, Duke Energy Ohio three years ago announced its […]

What’s the problem?
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy / Ohio Clean Energy

What’s the problem?

Ohio is at a crossroads about the future of energy use in our state. As ratepayers we need to speak out now. Three of Ohio’s four largest utilities — companies that rarely agree on anything — are teaming up in an attempt to dial back on deregulation. FirstEnergy, Duke and […]

Customers to AEP, Duke Energy: Down with coal
AEP / Duke Energy / Energy

Customers to AEP, Duke Energy: Down with coal

COLUMBUS — “Support for coal in Ohio is very low, according to survey results of a new poll by Public Policy Partners (PPP), with customers who support paying more to keep their electricity supplied by coal even lower. Public Citizen and the Sierra Club have released these results just as […]