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Two young men make their thoughts on Duke Energy's actions known. Tens of thousands of people gathered at Shaw University in downtown Raleigh. The march travelled to the doorstep of the State Capitol. Each year this fusion movement comes together in February to hold a mass people's assembly to reaffirm its commitment to the 14 Point People's Agenda and to hold lawmakers accountable to citizens.
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

One year since the Dan River coal ash spill, why Citizens United and solar policy are key

WASHINGTON, DC — “It’s been one year since Duke Energy’s Dan River power plant caused one of the worst coal ash disasters in U.S. history, spewing up to 39,000 tons of toxic coal ash across North Carolina and into Virginia. So where do things stand now? More than 90% of […]

Jenny Morgan, a musician and co-chairwoman of an organization that is dedicated to getting kids to play outside, said the chemical fumes that waft from the Scioto Materials plant, off Westerville Road on the Northeast Side, burn her nose and give her headaches. She has complained to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for about a year and a half.
Good Neighbor Campaigns

State can overlook small polluters

  COLUMBUS — “Two companies at a Northeast Side industrial site have operated for decades without proper permits designed to protect people and the environment. And until someone complained, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency had no idea. The site, off Westerville Road near I-270 just south of Westerville, is home […]

Senate votes to keep ‘Halliburton loophole'; regulation stays with states
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Senate votes to keep ‘Halliburton loophole'; regulation stays with states

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Senate sided with the oil and gas industry yesterday and flatly rejected an effort to repeal a provision environmentalists call the “Halliburton loophole.” The measure would have repealed a provision in the 2005 energy bill that exempted the practice from the underground injection control (UIC) provisions […]

Bakken crude oil rolls over Ohio rails
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Bakken crude oil rolls over Ohio rails

COLUMBUS — “Millions of gallons of some of the most volatile crude oil in North America are being transported on rail lines through Ohio each week, according to reports that the state had kept secret until this week. The railroad-company reports show that 45 million to 137 million gallons of […]

FirstEnergy’s latest strategy for a bailout is still a bad idea
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy’s latest strategy for a bailout is still a bad idea

CLEVELAND — “I discussed FirstEnergy’s strategy with Ned Hill, noted economist and dean of Cleveland State’s College of Urban Affairs. He described it as building a ‘redistributive coalition,’ which is comprised of a relatively small group of beneficiaries from a collective action who join forces to advocate a self-interested public […]

A semi from Pennsylvania unloads wastewater at the Devco No. 1 injection well near Cambridge, Ohio.
Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Environmental groups complain to U.S. EPA about state fracking oversight

COLUMBUS — “Dozens of environmental-advocacy groups are challenging the authority of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to manage and respond to emergencies related to the oil and gas industry. The groups — including ProgressOhio, the Sierra Club and Ohio Citizen Action — sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection […]

FirstEnergy has proposed a new rate plan that would help secure the future of the Davis-Besse plant in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Energy / FirstEnergy

Hearing draws varied crowd on rate plan for Davis-Besse

TOLEDO — “According to Scott Gerfen, Ohio Consumers Counsel spokesman, FirstEnergy has already received billions of dollars for its transition to deregulated power plants under Ohio’s 1999 law that lifted market restrictions. Michael Shields, a researcher for Policy Matters Ohio, said FirstEnergy shouldn’t be rewarded for failing to diversify its […]

Ohioans stand up in force to oppose bailing out old, dirty power plants
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohioans stand up in force to oppose bailing out old, dirty power plants

CLEVELAND — “Our state and regional leaders should be helping us build a healthy and prosperous future for our families as we transition away from the dirty fuels of the past. They should take advantage of the growing clean energy industry, investing in local economic development and providing programs that […]

Hilary Vogelbaum (pictured above on the right with her mom Judy Rosman), a 16-year-old high school student, delivered powerful testimony about her hope for the future and why she believes FirstEnergy's request should be rejected.

Ohio high schooler gives powerful testimony in the face of Big Coal

CLEVELAND — “I have a unique personal experience that I would like to share with you.  I have had the privilege of doing research on development of organic solar cells at Case Western Reserve University in the lab of Dr. Genevieve Sauve.  I cannot begin to tell you the passion […]

Teresa McHugh and Katriel Israel from Ohio Sierra Club and Rachael Belz of Ohio Citizen Action at the PUCO hearing in Cleveland, January 20, 2015.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy rate plan pummeled during PUCO hearing as 80 demand to testify

CLEVELAND — “A sharply critical crowd of about 200 FirstEnergy customers and critics poured into Cleveland City Council chambers Tuesday night to vent rage about the company’s latest rate proposal, and at times, its actions over the last decade. The five-hour marathon hearing before representatives of the Public Utilities Commission […]