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Ohio bill would cut green-energy requirement
Energy

Ohio bill would cut green-energy requirement

Supporters say benefits uncertain; opponents tout progress so far COLUMBUS — “Mark Shanahan, energy adviser to then-Gov. Ted Strickland and a major player in the law’s 2008 writing, said Mr. Balderson’s bill reverses progress made since then. ‘I think the most stunning thing about it is that it was a […]

A chemical plant in West Virginia
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Right-to-Know

States target toxic chemicals as Washington fails to act

WASHINGTON, DC — “In state capitols from Maine to Oregon, environmental advocates are filing bills to identify and ban noxious chemicals and industry groups are fighting back with pointed rebukes and high-pitched lobbying. Toxic reform legislation is either breathing with new life or being extinguished altogether. The toxics tug-of-war in […]

Fracking chemical disclosure improvements included in Mid Biennium budget bill
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Fracking chemical disclosure improvements included in Mid Biennium budget bill

COLUMBUS — Governor Kasich’s Mid Biennium budget bill includes language to repeal a hazardous chemical reporting exemption for the oil and gas industry. Prior to a 2001 budget bill, oil and gas drillers had to report hazardous chemicals to state and local emergency planners and fire departments near their wells. The […]

Controversial renewable-freeze bill gets 1st hearing
Energy

Controversial renewable-freeze bill gets 1st hearing

COLUMBUS — “The Senate Public Utilities Committee is set to hold the first hearing on the renewable-energy freeze bill Wednesday afternoon. Senate Bill 310,  introduced Friday by Sen. Troy Balderson, R-Zanesville, would place a moratorium on Ohio’s renewable and energy efficiency benchmarks passed by a near-unanimous vote in 2008. That […]

Lupo changes pleads guilty in dumping case
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Lupo changes pleads guilty in dumping case

YOUNGSTOWN — “Ben Lupo will know in June if he’ll be sent to a federal prison or get probation. Lupo, 63, of Poland, pleaded guilty in the dumping of oil-field waste into a Mahoning River tributary. A federal prosecutor said he’ll ask the judge to sentence Lupo to three years […]

This map from U.S. EPA shows monitoring sites for criteria pollutants. Map courtesy U.S. EPA.
Hydraulic Fracturing

Air pollution: Oil and gas boom, budget woes strain EPA’s monitoring network

WASHINGTON, DC — “Utah physician Brian Moench is worried. There’s only anecdotal evidence so far, but Moench maintains that oil and gas drilling in the Uinta Basin that straddles Utah and Colorado is almost certainly causing health problems for residents, including increased infant mortality. ‘If you’re going to expose a […]

When a chemical leaked at a facility in Charleston, West Virginia, lawmakers at the State Capitol were close enough to smell it. Photo Illustration by Spruce.
Coal / Energy

Chemical Valley: The coal industry, the politicians, and the big spill

CHARLESTON, WV — “MCHM—4-methylcyclohexane methanol—is part of a chemical bath that the mining industry uses to wash clay and rock from coal before it is burned. There are more than eighty thousand chemicals available for use in America, but, unless they are expected to be consumed, their effects on humans […]

Save lives. Kill coal.
Coal

Save lives. Kill coal.

What are the chances?  Here we are, about to observe another Earth Day and we’ve had more environmental headlines this year than seems possible: West Virginia chemical spill casts spotlight on loose regulation – CNN.com. 300K lack water in Southern W.Va -Charleston Gazette 82,000 Tons of Coal Ash Spill from […]

Officials not keeping track of oil trains
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Officials not keeping track of oil trains

As oil production and shipments by rail increase, an Enquirer review shows that there is no federal tracking of individual shipments CINCINNATI — “Domestic oil production, including that in Ohio, keeps growing. And with oil being produced in new areas that don’t have pipelines, more crude is heading to refineries […]

Photo credit: Encana Corporation
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Halcon Resources refocuses on finding the quickest way to the exit

NEW YORK, NY — “Halcon Resources CEO Floyd Wilson reiterated at a conference last week that his plan for the company has always been to repeat his previous success and sell for a big profit. Most investors remember that he sold his previous company Petrohawk Energy to BHP Billiton for […]