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Stronger regulations on fracking-related earthquakes possible, firm predicts
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Stronger regulations on fracking-related earthquakes possible, firm predicts

COLUMBUS — “Ohio has been a leader in monitoring the link between hydraulic fracturing and small earthquakes, but ‘further evidence may create social and/or political pressure for even stronger regulations related to seismic activity,’ a new report says. A study released in October found 400 previously unknown earthquakes in eastern […]

Agriculture and environment bill stuck in committee
Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Agriculture and environment bill stuck in committee

COLUMBUS — “A heavily amended, wide-ranging bill dealing with environmental, agriculture and fracking issues now could to be stuck in the mud. House Bill 490 includes language dealing with regulations of telephone landlines, the allowing more water to be drawn from Lake Erie under the Great Lakes Compact and fracking […]

The spill at Dan River
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

The spill at Dan River

Lesley Stahl reports on how Duke Energy is handling over 100 million tons of coal ash waste in North Carolina CHARLOTTE, NC — “Every year coal-burning power plants generate not only electricity, but a staggering amount of leftover coal ash that contains heavy metals unhealthy to humans. Yet due in […]

W.Va. OKs fracking under Ohio River; critics leery
Hydraulic Fracturing

W.Va. OKs fracking under Ohio River; critics leery

CHARLESTON, WV — “West Virginia has opened the Ohio River to fracking. The state government announced that companies can ask to drill beneath the Ohio River for natural gas and oil. Those companies would pay the state a per-acre fee as well as royalties on the oil and gas. It […]

Mothers Against Drilling in Our Neighborhoods, a Broadview Heights group, wants to stop oil and gas drilling in residential neighborhoods. This well is in North Royalton. (Peter Maizitis )
Hydraulic Fracturing

Broadview Heights activists sue Ohio Gov. John Kasich and state over gas, oil wells

BROADVIEW HTS — “A local activist group that opposes oil and gas wells in residential neighborhoods has sued the state of Ohio and Gov. John Kasich in an attempt to stop drilling here. Mothers Against Drilling in Our Neighborhood, based in Broadview Heights, says the city’s Community Bill of Rights – […]

AEP lobbies for Ohio to guarantee coal plant income
AEP / Coal

AEP lobbies for Ohio to guarantee coal plant income

COLUMBUS — “It’s a contentious battle between environmental proponents who want to see coal-fired generation shuttered, and utilities in the state who believe the generation is essential to affordably powering Ohio businesses. AEP is not alone in proposing these types of arrangements, and Ohio Citizen Action said on its website […]

Ohio Inspector General Randall J. Meyer
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Report finds ODNR employee inspecting father’s oil business

COLUMBUS — “An Ohio Department of Natural Resources inspector created the appearance of impropriety in his dealings with his father’s oil business, according to a report released yesterday by Ohio’s inspector general. Benjamin Harpster should not have been assigned to inspect well-capping work performed by his father’s company and provided […]

Help us raise $15K by Dec. 31
Contribute / Ohio Citizen Action

Help us raise $15K by Dec. 31

  As your member-supported government and industry watchdog, we rely on you to help us fight for a cleaner, safer energy future. So far this year, we’ve raised $12,933 from online contributions. Please help us meet or beat our goal of $15,000 by December 31.  Please make your tax-deductible contribution […]

The Sierra Club has launched a new ad campaign to fight what it thinks is a bailout for electric utilities like AEP.
AEP / Coal

Utility using form letters to get local governments to petition regulators on controversial power purchase plan

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power Company Inc. is rounding up supporters to put pressure on state regulators deciding a case with major implications on Ohio’s deregulated energy market. The company (NYSE:AEP) is taking a page from some of its environmental foes known for using form letters in mass letter-writing campaigns. […]

Brandon Belk and his daughter, Mariah Sykes. Photo courtesy of the family.
Hydraulic Fracturing

A death in the Bakken: Worker’s family rejects drug conclusion

WATFORD CITY, ND — “One thing is clear: Brandon Belk should have been wearing an oxygen mask. After that, there’s a long list of questions. It starts with a big one. Why did he die? …The tank cleaners were trying out a new chemical, though there are differing accounts of what […]