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Double your impact for Earth Day
Coal / Energy

Double your impact for Earth Day

Your contribution helps us to cut pollution from using coal for energy by combining your power as a member with tens of thousands of others. This strength-in-numbers strategy works to hold politicians and polluters accountable to people. Thank you. By supporting Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund through this special Earth […]

Couple’s suit against state’s fracking lease gets judge’s OK
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Couple’s suit against state’s fracking lease gets judge’s OK

COLUMBUS — “A Franklin County judge has ruled that a Guernsey County couple can move forward with a lawsuit that seeks to stop fracking beneath and around Seneca Lake. The couple filed the suit in October, eight months after the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District approved a $40.3 million lease with […]

Editorial: Don’t lower the standards
Energy

Editorial: Don’t lower the standards

There is no reason to slash Ohio’s sound measures for promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency TOLEDO — “Nor are businesses universally clamoring for relief from the standards. To the contrary, several large Ohio manufacturers and energy companies — including Owens Corning — affirmed their support for the clean-energy law […]

Everyone’s getting excited about US oil independence. Not so fast.
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Everyone’s getting excited about US oil independence. Not so fast.

WASHINGTON, DC — “Another way to put this is that as long as the United States relies on oil to fuel its cars and trucks and airplanes, it will be affected by what happens in the global oil markets — no matter where it’s oil comes from. Now, that hardly […]

Terry Shelton, director of environmental services for Eden, explains the treatment process at Eden’s drinking-water plant. Photo: Gabe Rivin
Coal / Duke Energy / Energy

Coal waste may cause carcinogen spikes in drinking water

An investigation by North Carolina Health News finds water-quality issues from coal waste in municipalities near a Duke Energy coal plant outside of Eden. EDEN, NC — “[Terry] Shelton is the director of environmental services for the city of Eden, in Rockingham County, which draws its drinking water from the […]

Jeremy Edwards Several large Ohio manufacturers are opposing legislation to freeze Ohio’s renewable energy and efficiency standards.
Energy

Big manufacturers urging lawmakers to keep energy-efficiency benchmarks

COLUMBUS — “A group of large Ohio manufacturers including Honda of America Manufacturing, Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) and Whirlpool Corp. (NYSE: WHR) are opposing recent legislation to freeze Ohio’s renewable energy and efficiency standards at current levels. The 11 companies sent a letter Tuesday to Ohio Senate President Keith […]

Steve Mellon/Post-Gazette
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Weak records cited on Pa. shale pollution

HARRISBURG — “Even when pollution discharges from shale gas well pads and impoundments contaminate private water supplies, those violations often go unrecorded or publicly reported by state environmental regulators, according to documents filed in the Pennsylvania Superior Court case challenging the constitutionality of the state’s oil and gas law, Act […]

Sabrina Eaton, The Plain Dealer
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy CEO decries ‘war on coal’ in U.S. Chamber of Commerce speech

WASHINGTON, DC — “Government interference in the electricity marketplace is stifling the growth and use of electricity and picking winners and losers, FirstEnergy Corp. President and CEO Anthony J. Alexander told a U.S. Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday. Alexander, who since 2004 has headed the Akron-based utility that serves […]

974 neighbors have sent handwritten letters to U.S. EPA Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

974 neighbors have sent handwritten letters to U.S. EPA Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman

Here is a great example of an Ohio Citizen Action member’s letter asking Ms. Hedman to conduct a review of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ injection well program:

Oklahoma swamped by surge in earthquakes near fracking
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Oklahoma swamped by surge in earthquakes near fracking

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — “There have been more earthquakes strong enough to be felt in Oklahoma this year than in all of 2013, overwhelming state officials who are trying to determine if the temblors are linked to oil and natural gas production. …State regulators last month said well operators should […]