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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 […]

Ohio Citizen Action writes to major airlines: Is Baard Energy negotiating to sell you jet fuel from their refinery?
Baard Energy / Coal

Ohio Citizen Action writes to major airlines: Is Baard Energy negotiating to sell you jet fuel from their refinery?

COLUMBUS – Since 2003, Baard Energy has been saying it would sell jet fuel from its proposed refinery to the Pentagon or to major commercial airlines. On March 3, 2010, I wrote to a dozen major airlines to see if Baard has really been pursuing them as potential customers. The companies are […]

A municipal power co-op tied to area towns tackles a $2 billion hydroelectric project
AMP / Coal

A municipal power co-op tied to area towns tackles a $2 billion hydroelectric project

TOLEDO – “‘Trust me,’ said Marc Gerken, AMP president and chief executive officer. ‘It’s fun running a hydro plant compared to a coal plant.’” “[Napoleon City Manager Jon Bisher, who also chairs AMP’s board of directors] said he was disappointed by the backlash AMP received over the Meigs County project. […]

Group questions Baard property funding
Baard Energy / Coal

Group questions Baard property funding

LISBON – “A consumer advocacy group is questioning the use of tax dollars to secure property for the Baard Energy project since some of it went to a man later convicted of operating a meth lab on his land.” “Ohio Citizen Action‘s Catherine Turcer sent a letter this week to […]

Ohio Citizen Action files formal request for documents on Gov. Strickland’s role in State money going to Baard Energy
Baard Energy / Coal

Ohio Citizen Action files formal request for documents on Gov. Strickland’s role in State money going to Baard Energy

COLUMBUS — Ohio Citizen Action today filed a formal public records request with the Office of Ohio Governor Ted Strickland for documents concerning the role Governor Strickland and his staff played in securing State money for the controversial proposed Baard Energy refinery in Wellsville. Catherine Turcer, Director, Money in Politics Project, Ohio […]

Clean Water Call-in Day March 15
Mountaintop Removal

Clean Water Call-in Day March 15

COLUMBUS — Help stop the dumping of mining waste in our water.  Please call the White House on March 15 and ask President Obama to restore the Clean Water Act’s prohibition on filling waters with waste. The Problem: Taking advantage of a loophole that the Bush administration created in Clean […]