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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 […]

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 […]