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family hikes through the Cleveland Metroparks' South Chagrin Reservation in 2014. It is one of many public sites that could be subject to mandatory oil and gas drilling. (Lynn Ischay, The Plain Dealer)
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Battle looms over oil and gas drilling in public parks

CLEVELAND — “A bill that has already passed the Ohio House of Representatives could give the oil and gas industry expedited access to explore public and private land, according to public officials. But proponents of the bill, now before the Ohio Senate, say it could protect the rights of private […]

Earl F. Peoples, Sr.
Ohio Citizen Action

Remembering Earl Peoples, the People’s Choice

CLEVELAND — Earl F. Peoples, Sr., a much-admired and beloved former staff member of Ohio Citizen Action, died in March at the age of 85.  Earl was a soft-spoken and gentle man, who drew people to him with his earnest conversation and unquestionable dedication to social justice. Earl spent many […]

The announcement was praised by Rainforest Action Network, or RAN, as strongest policy of its kind to date and upgraded the bank's grade in its 2015 Coal Finance Report Card, which is critical of banks that finance coal companies.
Coal / Energy / Mountaintop Removal

Bank of America pledges to continue to reduce exposure to mountaintop removal

  CHARLOTTE, NC — “Bank of America Corp. said in a coal policy document that it will ‘continue to reduce our exposure to coal mining companies that utilize [mountaintop removal coal mining] practices in Appalachia.’ The bank said mining companies engaging in the practice have been subject to enhanced regulatory […]

Fracking chemicals detected in Pennsylvania drinking water
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Fracking chemicals detected in Pennsylvania drinking water

BRADFORD CO, PA — “An analysis of drinking water sampled from three homes in Bradford County, Pa., revealed traces of a compound commonly found in Marcellus Shale drilling fluids, according to a study published on Monday. The paper, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, addresses a […]

Ohio, Mich. could reap benefits of EPA rules
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

Ohio, Mich. could reap benefits of EPA rules

TOLEDO — “Ohio ranks second and Michigan ranks fifth in states that could reap ancillary health benefits if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency follows through with strong rules this summer for climate-altering carbon dioxide gases emitted from coal-fired power plants, according to a peer-reviewed study issued Monday. The report, published […]

A 2014 report from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory showed that Ohio’s program administrator costs under its energy efficiency standard (second bar from top) were among the lowest in the nation—less than 1 cent per kwh on a levelized basis.
Energy

Ohio energy standards committee to look at efficiency costs

  COLUMBUS — “As Ohio’s Energy Mandates Study Committee takes up energy efficiency this week, data continue to show the programs are cost-effective for ratepayers. An expert scheduled to appear before the committee this week has just released a 20-state study showing that even when when voluntary customer investments that produce other benefits […]

Fracking, wastewater-injection wells raise Ohio’s quake risk, feds say
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Fracking, wastewater-injection wells raise Ohio’s quake risk, feds say

COLUMBUS — “…although fracking-related earthquakes strong enough to be felt by people are more common in Oklahoma than Ohio, the survey warned that parts of Ohio are at risk of more-frequent temblors. Part of the problem, said Robert Skoumal, one of the Miami researchers, is that there are fault lines […]

Ohio lawmakers prepare to give drillers nearly unfettered access to almost all public and private lands
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Ohio lawmakers prepare to give drillers nearly unfettered access to almost all public and private lands

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio legislature is poised to make some small but mighty changes in Ohio’s oil and gas statute that will create even smoother sailing for the shale oil and gas industry. Their proposals, appearing in House Bill 8, are amendments to Ohio’s oil and gas law. Here’s what […]

An Ohio wind farm proves the case for a wise renewable-energy policy
AMP / Energy

An Ohio wind farm proves the case for a wise renewable-energy policy

The evidence is in how much customers save over other sources of power generation CLEVELAND — “Wind farms do need to be counted on for a certain amount of power in order to make the deals work. This is taken into account when the projects are planned and as developers […]

Charles Wilson has fished on Lake Robinson for much of his life. He says the lake needs to be shielded from pollution to protect fish.
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Nuclear waste, arsenic at SC coal plant raise concern

DARLINGTON CO, SC — “Pollution test results from last year show that the Hartsville plant’s coal waste pond has released higher levels of arsenic into groundwater than state regulators ever had recorded there. In some cases, the arsenic levels rival those at other power plant sites in South Carolina that […]