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Fracking Chemical Right-to-Know: A progress report
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Fracking Chemical Right-to-Know: A progress report

In June of 2012, Ohio Citizen Action launched the Fracking Chemical Right-to-Know campaign, as a response to the passage of Ohio Senate Bill 315. The new law contained many provisions which benefitted the oil and gas industry at the cost of public health and environmental protections, but one issue stood […]

Workers for Express Energy Services prepare to weld casing for a Utica Shale well last month in Guernsey County. More Utica well permits are being issued in Guernsey and neighboring counties as drilling expands south and east from Carroll County.
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Southern shift of Ohio’s Utica Shale drilling boom

Horizontal drilling and fracking has steadily expanded south and east from Carroll County since 2011, bringing with it opportunities and challenges ST CLAIRSVILLE — “Belmont and Guernsey are in the so-called sweet spot, but that could change. The Utica is usually described as having three sections, or windows, delineated by […]

Columbiana County Commissioner Tim Weigle.
Chesapeake Energy / Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Commissioner keeps eye on shale development

COLUMBIANA — “Columbiana County Commissioner Tim Weigle is keeping his eyes on the state’s severance tax legislation and a bird’s eye view on the Utica Shale development under way in the county. The aviator has watched the development unfold while traveling across Columbiana and surrounding counties on his own flights, and […]

Ohio’s energy standards are fine as is
Energy

Ohio’s energy standards are fine as is

COLUMBUS — “Tuesday’s Associated Press article ‘Global warming heads “out of control”‘ makes clear that we must act now to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Ohio’s existing clean-energy standards, Ohio Senate Bill 221 from 2008, help us move in a direction that supports families, businesses, jobs and climate […]

Ohioans to U.S. EPA: Reject ODNR proposal, protect public health
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Ohioans to U.S. EPA: Reject ODNR proposal, protect public health

CINCINNATI — Today Ohioans began urging U.S. EPA  to reject a proposal from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources that would reverse recent progress on fracking chemical disclosure in the state. In a letter to Sicy Jacob of the U.S. EPA Office of Emergency Management, representatives of Ohio Citizen Action […]

Ohio Senate Bill 310 would allow unchecked authority to the utilities: Jereme Kent
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Ohio Senate Bill 310 would allow unchecked authority to the utilities: Jereme Kent

COLUMBUS — “In 2013, [Senator Bill] Seitz introduced a similar bill, Senate Bill 58. That bill was the second-most-lobbied bill in the Senate last year. It was the subject of testimony over three months and ultimately was defeated. You could have been for or against S.B. 58, but you would […]

Exxon Mobil agrees to share more data on fracking risks
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Exxon Mobil agrees to share more data on fracking risks

NEW YORK, NY — “Exxon Mobil Corp, the world’s largest publicly traded oil company, has agreed to disclose more information about the environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing, the process known as fracking. In an agreement with New York City’s pension funds, which control Exxon shares worth roughly $1.02 billion, the […]

AMP-Ohio Utility Headquarters Overtaken by Earth First! in July 2008. photo: Columbus Indymedia Center
AMP / Coal / Energy

AMP loses case seeking millions from power-plant contractor

AMP sued Bechtel for $97 million in connection with Meigs County plant that was never built COLUMBUS — “A federal court judge has rejected American Municipal Power’s attempt to force a contractor to pay up to $97 million for costs related to a southeastern Ohio power plant that never got […]

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
 Jeff Gentner/AP
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 […]