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Report: Too few safeguards for drinking water near fracking wells
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Report: Too few safeguards for drinking water near fracking wells

WASHINGTON, DC — “Federal and state governments do not do enough to safeguard drinking water around the nearly 200,000 wells where fracking wastewater is injected deep underground, according to a federal report. The U.S. Government Accountability Office found that existing regulations do not adequately protect against contamination that could occur […]

We don’t have to choose between jobs and environment: Michael J. Piepsny
Coal / Energy

We don’t have to choose between jobs and environment: Michael J. Piepsny

CLEVELAND — “The proposed EPA standards require power plants to emit fewer greenhouse gases into the air when they operate. Simply, this means power plants will be built or retrofitted to be cleaner/more energy-efficient than current plants. This requirement will help reduce the costs of pollution-related illness and spur the […]

Live Band Karaoke Challenge
Coal / Ohio Citizen Action

Live Band Karaoke Challenge

August 15, 2014 at 8pm at the Northside Tavern in Cincinnati

A worker makes his way through the Dover Chemical Corp. plant as operations resumed following a May 2012 vapor release, that temporarily closed the plant.

Dover Chemical incident raises concern over EPA reporting policy

DOVER — “The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency relies on private companies to report their own spills and chemical releases. One recent example: Dover Chemical Co.’s July 16 report that 58 gallons of two toxic chemicals, both labeled by the U.S. EPA as a probable human carcinogen, were among the liquids […]

Electricity companies seek some regulation
AEP / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Electricity companies seek some regulation

COLUMBUS — “Three of Ohio’s four largest utilities — companies that rarely agree on anything — are teaming up in an attempt to dial back on deregulation. The companies — American Electric Power, Duke Energy and FirstEnergy — are asking state regulators to guarantee profits on a select number of […]

FirstEnergy has announced that it would delay planned capital improvements at two of its largest and most critical power plants in Pennsylvania, including the Bruce Mansfield coal-fired power station, above.  Steve Mellon/Post-Gazette
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Energy firm FirstEnergy stops new sales to residential clients

AKRON — “FirstEnergy Corp. has decided that residential customers are as unpredictable as the weather, so it is stopping new sales to them effective immediately. The Ohio-based energy company is reshuffling the customers in its competitive segment — which includes FirstEnergy Solutions, an electricity supplier that competes with utilities — […]

Chill from Ohio RPS freeze extends to neighboring solar markets

Chill from Ohio RPS freeze extends to neighboring solar markets

COLUMBUS — “On June 13, Ohio made history by becoming the first state to ‘freeze’ its Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). The passage of SB310 was a major setback for the renewable industry in Ohio, but who knew what happened in the Buckeye State could affect solar in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and even Kentucky? […]

FirstEnergy Corp. briefly mothballed its W.H. Sammis power plant in 2012 because the company could buy gas-fired electricity in wholesale markets for less than it cost Sammis to generate it. The huge, coal-fired power plant on the Ohio River generates twice as much electricity as two nuclear power plants. Now the company wants its regulated companies to buy all of the plant's output.
Coal / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy Corp. looking to rate payers to support its struggling unregulated power plants

AKRON — “The proposed Ohio rate plan would run from June 2016 through May 2016. It would extend many of the provisions of the current rate plan — and add one new wrinkle — a provision to use the steady profits from the regulated Ohio companies  to subsidize two of […]

An offshore oil platform and wells are silhouetted by the setting sun in the Gulf of Mexico.
Hydraulic Fracturing

Deep water fracking next frontier for offshore drilling

HOUSTON, TX — “Energy companies are taking their controversial fracking operations from the land to the sea — to deep waters off the U.S., South American and African coasts. Cracking rocks underground to allow oil and gas to flow more freely into wells has grown into one of the most […]

Help kids breathe easier this summer
AEP / Coal / Energy

Help kids breathe easier this summer

Help Us Close Gavin from SVS Mediaworks on Vimeo. Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund kicked off a new campaign August 1 to help kids breathe easier this summer. The goal is to raise $10,000 by August 27,in order to continue work to prevent coal ash spills into Ohio’s drinking water […]