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Poverty and tyranny central to immoral practice of mountain destruction, water and air poisoning
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Poverty and tyranny central to immoral practice of mountain destruction, water and air poisoning

WASHINGTON, DC — “United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts has observed that, through Massey’s brand of mountaintop removal, CEO Don Blankenship has ’caused more suffering to more people in Appalachia than any other human being.’ Both the Catholic and Presbyterian churches have condemned mountaintop removal as ‘sinful’ because […]

AMP / Coal

City’s share of AMP debt uncertain

MARTINSVILLE, VA — “It could be more than a year before Martinsville officials learn how much the city owes toward the development of a coal-fired power plant project in Ohio that was discontinued in November. American Municipal Power (AMP) spent roughly $200 million on developing the project, which was canceled […]

Eramet / Good Neighbor Campaigns

Incident impacts Eramet schedule

MARIETTA – “The shutdown of Eramet Marietta’s No. 18 ferromanganese furnace due to an operational incident Sunday evening will apparently impact the company’s production schedule for an as-yet undetermined period of time. On Monday Eramet officials declared a ‘force majeure event’ – an unanticipated and uncontrollable incident that may affect […]

Please write House Speaker Armond Budish and Senate President Bill Harris:  Why is our tax money going to a coal refinery project with no investors, no suppliers, and no customers?
Baard Energy / Coal

Please write House Speaker Armond Budish and Senate President Bill Harris: Why is our tax money going to a coal refinery project with no investors, no suppliers, and no customers?

COLUMBUS – Ohio state officials have given the proposed Baard Energy coal refinery at least $805,000 in grants and $4.5 million in loans already. All of it our money. They have done this despite Baard Energy’s failure – since 2003 – to secure investors, coal suppliers, or buyers for the […]

Trash-to-energy proposal draws skepticism
Cleveland Incinerator

Trash-to-energy proposal draws skepticism

COLUMBUS – “A technology called gasification is generating enthusiasm among Cleveland officials as a next step in making the city a center for green energy and sustainability. But some environmental groups say the technology isn’t as environmentally friendly as its proponents claim, and are calling for more scrutiny… ” “‘These […]

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Three questions for Baard Energy CEO John Baardson
Baard Energy / Coal / Research & Reports

Three questions for Baard Energy CEO John Baardson

COLUMBUS — On December 22, 2008, John Baardson, CEO Baard Energy, analyzed the prospects for financing a coal refinery in Wellsville in a loan guarantee application to the U.S. Department of Energy: Debt markets in chaos In today’s environment, there is no debt available to projects like Ohio River Clean Fuels [the coal refinery]. […]

Eramet / Good Neighbor Campaigns

Eramet “incident” launches investigation

MARIETTA – “An incident at Eramet over the weekend has left one furnace off line and started an internal investigation.” “Eramet spokes people tell us that at roughly 8:00 Sunday night a “incident” caused damage to furnace number 18. Officials at the plant say they are not able to characterize […]

EPA’s Jackson: Mining guidelines coming soon
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

EPA’s Jackson: Mining guidelines coming soon

CHARLESTON, WV – “During her appearance this afternoon at the National Press Club in Washington, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson got a question about what her agency plans to do about mountaintop removal. Her comments didn’t make especially big news, especially given EPA’s statement in my Sunday story, but I thought […]

Awards go to short videos about pollution in neighborhoods around Chrysler Behr in Dayton, Georgia Pacific in Columbus, and in Clyde
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Awards go to short videos about pollution in neighborhoods around Chrysler Behr in Dayton, Georgia Pacific in Columbus, and in Clyde

COLUMBUS – Short videos about pollution in neighborhoods around Chrysler Behr in Dayton, Georgia Pacific in Columbus, and in Clyde, Ohio, won top honors at the Environmental Justice Short Video Contest Awards Ceremony on March 4 at the Vern Riffe Center in Columbus. The contest gave participants – primarily university […]