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Ohio Citizen Action asks Attorney General to investigate funding for Baard Project
Baard Energy / Coal

Ohio Citizen Action asks Attorney General to investigate funding for Baard Project

COLUMBUS — Catherine Turcer, director of Ohio Citizen Action’s Money in Politics, today asked Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to investigate whether the State of Ohio can recoup funds it has sent to the Columbiana County Port Authority for the proposed Baard Energy coal refinery. The Ohio Department of Development […]

“There are no mature coal-to-oil precedents in the world except for South Africa”
Baard Energy / Coal

“There are no mature coal-to-oil precedents in the world except for South Africa”

BEIJING, CHINA – “With the prices of oil being high, a mania of investment in coal-to-oil had appeared in China two years earlier. But the mania was calmed down with the restraining order from the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission, which issued on July 7, 2006 the Notice on […]

Judge’s ruling forces council to amend solicitation ordinance
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Judge’s ruling forces council to amend solicitation ordinance

ENGLEWOOD – “The City Council amended its solicitation ordinance Tuesday, March 2, to bring it in line with a federal judge’s decision. U.S. District Judge Walter Rice last month upheld the city’s 6 p.m. curfew on door-to-door solicitors but struck down some minor sections of the ordinance. ‘The curfew provision […]

Columbiana County Port Authority chief incensed at Ohio Citizen Action investigation of proposed Baard Energy refinery
Baard Energy / Coal

Columbiana County Port Authority chief incensed at Ohio Citizen Action investigation of proposed Baard Energy refinery

COLUMBUS – “I am writing you on behalf of Ohio Citizen Action, a consumer advocacy group, in regards to Baard Energy’s proposed coal to liquids facility for Wellsville, Ohio, and any existing or potential involvement they may have with your company.  I am interested in whether or not Baard Energy […]

What’s the problem with Kokosing Materials, Inc.?
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What’s the problem with Kokosing Materials, Inc.?

Kokosing Materials, Inc. produces asphalt and pollution in the Cleveland area.  Kokosing admits to polluting Cleveland area neighborhoods with sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, organic compounds, and soot.  Sulfur dioxide makes it harder to breathe and can aggravate asthma; it also contributes to acid rain.  Soot can cause heart and lung […]

Mountaintop mining poisons fish
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Mountaintop mining poisons fish

WINSTON- SALEM, NC — “Dead and deformed fish indicate selenium pollution from mountaintop coal mining is causing permanent damage to the environment and poses serious health risks, says a Wake Forest University biologist who will brief U.S. Senators on his research Feb. 23. Selenium pollution affects fish first, so they […]

SunCoke’s clean air 
proficiency in doubt
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SunCoke’s clean air 
proficiency in doubt

Group against plant in Middletown points to latest notice of violation company has received MIDDLETOWN – “A string of alleged emissions violations at SunCoke Energy’s Franklin Furnace, Ohio, facility has cast a shadow of doubt for some over the company’s capability to meet requirements…  To Chuck Inwood, a Monroe resident […]

Strickland, Kasich troll for campaign funds
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Strickland, Kasich troll for campaign funds

COLUMBUS – “But the staggering amount of money it takes to run requires that candidates spend significant time away from official duties or campaigns to raise funds, said Catherine Turcer, director of Ohio Citizen Action‘s Money in Politics Project. And voters may be concerned that when candidates go out of […]

Baard still coming, chamber official says
Baard Energy / Coal

Baard still coming, chamber official says

WELLSVILLE – “The Baard Energy plant is still a reality and is coming to the area, according to Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce President Randy Allmon.Allmon told the chamber Thursday a meeting was held with Baard officials and ‘they are still coming.’ After the chamber meeting, Allmon said he and […]

Another voice, another record, to stop mountaintop removal coal mining
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Another voice, another record, to stop mountaintop removal coal mining

WASHINGTON, DC — “Another co-sponsorship record was achieved today when Rep. Michael Michaud (D) of Maine’s 2nd District became the 164th co-sponsor to sign onto the Clean Water Protection Act (H.R. 1310), an effective ban on mountaintop removal coal mining.  Rep. Michaud is a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure […]