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FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 file photo provided by Robert A. Franco, a billboard in Coshocton, Ohio opposes deep-injection wells. Michael Boals, an Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on the billboards near two wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater, says the messages are coming down. Boals told The Associated Press the billboards’ owners are ending his lease agreement Tuesday, Sept. 9. He said a July lawsuit contending the signs contain false and defamatory attacks prompted them to end his three-month verbal agreement after two months. (AP Photo/Robert A. Franco, File)
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Anti-fracking billboards in Ohio coming down

COLUMBUS — “An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against ‘poisoned waters’ in billboards opposing the disposal of gas-drilling wastewater says the messages will come down Tuesday. Michael Boals, of Coshocton east of Columbus, told The Associated Press the billboards’ owners were ending his three-month verbal […]

Weathersfield Trustees discuss temporary shut down of injection wells
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Weathersfield Trustees discuss temporary shut down of injection wells

WEATHERSFIELD TOWNSHIP — “Weathersfield Trustees said they have their concerns over a recent earthquake that the state said may be linked to two injection wells in the township. But, for now, they are taking a ‘wait and see’ approach. ‘Our primary concern is we want to protect our residents, we […]

Appalachian Power and AEP kick off new custom energy efficiency incentive programs in West Virginia
AEP / Coal / Energy

Appalachian Power and AEP kick off new custom energy efficiency incentive programs in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, WV — “Appalachian Power and its parent company, American Electric Power, announced Sept. 9 they launched two new energy efficiency programs in West Virginia for 2014. One of the two programs, titled the Custom Commercial and Industrial (C&I) Program, offer customers flexibility because each project’s energy savings and available […]

You’re invited to the  Puffin Collaborative Film Festival in Columbus
Ohio Citizen Action

You’re invited to the Puffin Collaborative Film Festival in Columbus

Celebrate the power of film and a shared vision with the first annual Puffin Collaborative Film Festival, September 21 – 25 at the Gateway Film Center, 1550 North High Street in Columbus. Every screening will work to support the vision and efforts of a host of nonprofit organizations joined together […]

American Electric Power is currently allowed to cover its fuel costs through a charge to Ohio customers that changes every three months.
AEP / Coal / Energy

Justices rule against AEP in fuel-cost case, so Ohio customers avoid a cost

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio Supreme Court has sided with utility regulators in a dispute with American Electric Power over how much the company can charge customers for coal, part of a larger debate that is not yet resolved. In a unanimous ruling yesterday, the court rejected AEP’s argument that it […]

Iberdrola Renewables built the $600 million Blue Creek Wind Farm in Van Wert, Ohio. Voters favor more wind farms, solar arrays and state rules requiring electric companies to help customers use less electricity through energy efficiency, a new bipartisan poll has found.
Energy

Energy efficiency, renewable energy rules favored by voters, poll finds

  COLUMBUS — “Ohio voters favor the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency mandates that Republican lawmakers just put on ice for two years, a new poll suggests. Commissioned by a coalition of environmental groups and conducted jointly by two national polling companies, one which works for Republican candidates and the […]

Manny Theodosopoulos talks about the increase in business at his family's two restaurants in Cambridge, Theo's and The Forum. More people are frequenting the restaurants, especially The Forum, which is located near hotels that are occupied by oil and gas workers doing fracking jobs in town.
Hydraulic Fracturing

Community adjusts around fracking industry

CAMBRIDGE — “Money is rolling into Guernsey County because of the exploration of the Utica Shale formation, but only for those directly in its path; others are stagnant or even struggling to stay afloat amid the effects of the new industry. Several restaurants and hotels are doing well, but housing […]

The Davis-Besse nuclear plant on Lake Erie east of Toledo.
Energy / FirstEnergy

Existing cracks in Davis-Besse’s shield building grew

Cracks monitored since September CARROLL TWP — “Cracks in Davis-Besse’s shield building from 2011 grew. First Energy, operator of Davis-Besse, found in September that eight cracks in three locations of the plant’s shield building had grown. In a July 3 letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Davis-Besse reported the cracks […]

A coal-fired power station at Yangzhou in China’s central Jiangsu province. Photo by Vmenkov via Wikimedia Commons
Coal

China may be ready to kick coal habit

LONDON, ENGLAND — “There are still doubts. The statistics might be proved wrong. But it looks as if China might be starting to wean itself off its coal consumption habit. China produces and consumes nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined. Coal, the most polluting of […]

Stand up to Duke Energy – Attend a public hearing to stop the bailout
AEP / Clean Power Plan / Duke Energy / FirstEnergy

Stand up to Duke Energy – Attend a public hearing to stop the bailout

Duke Energy, along with Ohio’s other electric utilities, are trying right now behind the scenes to bailout a number of Ohio’s oldest, dirtiest, and least economic coal plants.  What’s worse, they want you and I to pay for it. It’s not right. It’s not fair.  And even if you’re not […]