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Letter to the editor on renewable energy freeze

Letter to the editor on renewable energy freeze

AKRON — “Ohio — a leader among the states in toxic air pollution emitted by power plants — claimed another dubious distinction this summer. It became the first state to legislate a reversal on renewable energy progress, in the form of Senate Bill 310. Despite vocal, vehement opposition to that […]

AEP's Conesville Power Plant
AEP / Coal / FirstEnergy

AEP Ohio files for long-term PPAs for 4 coal-fired power plants

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — “Under the agreement, AEP Ohio would be entitled to the capacity, energy and ancillary service output of AEP’s ownership share of Cardinal unit 1, Conesville units 4-6, J.M. Stuart units 1-4 and W.H. Zimmer unit 1. The proposal involves about 2,700 MW of generation from the units. […]

Report: What’s Wrong With FirstEnergy
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Report: What’s Wrong With FirstEnergy

CLEVELAND — “Our report, ‘FirstEnergy: A Major Utility Seeks a Subsidized Turnaround,’ describes a company trying to fight its way out of self-inflicted straits by saddling ratepayers with higher prices and by blocking the development of alternative forms of energy. It also describes how the leadership of the company has […]

an oil truck burns after fumes from an oil heater ignited at a well off State Route 61 southeast of Cardington Friday.
Hydraulic Fracturing

Friday truck fire at oil well injures one

MT GILEAD — “A truck fire at an oil well off State Route 61 south of Mt. Gilead injured the truck’s driver and completely destroyed the vehicle Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. A call went out about 12:20 p.m. for an oil truck fire on a Lincoln Twp. property belonging to […]

Teach-In to protect Montgomery Co drinking water

Teach-In to protect Montgomery Co drinking water

DAYTON — The City of Dayton wants to make some changes to the way it protects the public water supply. Among the key changes is a 40 percent reduction in the protection area which is defined by a “one year time of travel from a contaminant spill to a well”. […]

Skull and cross bones signs quickly went up to protest an open-air oil and gas waste disposal facility planned by Pyote Reclamation Systems on the outskirts of Nordheim, Texas. Such signs voicing the discontent of the community now pepper the landscape in around the town. Credit: David Hasemyer
Hydraulic Fracturing

Open pits offer cheap disposal for fracking sludge, but health worries mount

NORDHEIM, TX — “School Superintendent Kevin Wilson tugged at his oversized belt buckle and gestured toward a field less than a mile from Nordheim School, where 180 children attend kindergarten through 12th grade. A commercial waste facility that will receive millions of barrels of toxic sludge from oil and gas […]

EVACUATION: Police, fire crews, HAZMAT at Stark Co. Campgrounds for gas and oil leak
Hydraulic Fracturing

EVACUATION: Police, fire crews, HAZMAT at Stark Co. Campgrounds for gas and oil leak

BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP — “Fire is a major concern as crews try to repair a natural gas and oil leak at Springwood Lake Campgrounds south of Canton on Thursday. Firefighters will be on hand in case anything happens. Two East Sparta Fire Department tankers and one from Canton Township joined officials from Stark […]

Radiation monitors like this one at the McKean landfill in Pennsylvania generally won’t register radiation from alpha particles that can be contained in waste from fracked wells, note critics. Photo by Kathiann M. Kowalski.
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells / Right-to-Know

Ohio fracking waste issues go beyond chemical disclosure

COLUMBUS — “The GAO report released last week reviewed fluid waste disposal programs for eight states with large shale oil and gas operations and substantial numbers of underground injection wells. Besides Ohio, the study included California, Colorado, Kentucky, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas. Ohio was the only one of […]

Ohio has only begun to tap into its clean energy resources. Continuing the state’s commitment to these resources could bring significant benefits to Ohio as it diversifies its electricity mix away from an over-reliance on fossil fuels.
Clean Power Plan

Ohio senate president stacks the deck against renewable energy

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s clean energy standards may never get the evidence and science-based review that was promised. Last week, Ohio senate president Keith Faber appointed outspoken opponents of renewable energy and energy efficiency to a committee supposedly intended to do an objective review of Ohio’s clean energy standards. Most disappointing is the inclusion of […]

Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good. Abbi O’Leary -
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Few lessons taken from ash spills

EDEN, NC — “Duke’s splash into the Dan River was the nation’s third large ash spill in less than a decade. Like the Tennessee Valley Authority and Pennsylvania’s PPL, Duke repeated apologies, made community gifts and pledged to close its ash basins. Why, as evidence grew that ash ponds are problematic, […]