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Ohio lawmakers prepare to give drillers nearly unfettered access to almost all public and private lands
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Ohio lawmakers prepare to give drillers nearly unfettered access to almost all public and private lands

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio legislature is poised to make some small but mighty changes in Ohio’s oil and gas statute that will create even smoother sailing for the shale oil and gas industry. Their proposals, appearing in House Bill 8, are amendments to Ohio’s oil and gas law. Here’s what […]

An Ohio wind farm proves the case for a wise renewable-energy policy
AMP / Energy

An Ohio wind farm proves the case for a wise renewable-energy policy

The evidence is in how much customers save over other sources of power generation CLEVELAND — “Wind farms do need to be counted on for a certain amount of power in order to make the deals work. This is taken into account when the projects are planned and as developers […]

Charles Wilson has fished on Lake Robinson for much of his life. He says the lake needs to be shielded from pollution to protect fish.
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Nuclear waste, arsenic at SC coal plant raise concern

DARLINGTON CO, SC — “Pollution test results from last year show that the Hartsville plant’s coal waste pond has released higher levels of arsenic into groundwater than state regulators ever had recorded there. In some cases, the arsenic levels rival those at other power plant sites in South Carolina that […]

Trish Demeter, managing director of energy and clean-air programs for the Ohio Environmental Council
Clean Power Plan / Energy

Trish Demeter commentary: Cutting emissions would improve health, power grid

COLUMBUS — “With Ohio regulators in the driver’s seat, what would stand in their way to craft a state plan that uses our vast renewable resources and common-sense approaches such as energy efficiency? Fossil-fuel interests. While short-sighted, they’re politically powerful. Many state lawmakers believe stalling state implementation of carbon-pollution standards […]

FirstEnergy wages all-out war on clean energy
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy wages all-out war on clean energy

NEW YORK, NY — “In an effort to remain competitive in an evolving industry, FirstEnergy is now requesting that the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) authorize substantial, customer-funded subsidies to bail out its uneconomic power plants. This deal would lock in what EDF’s Cheryl Roberto, in testimony before the […]

FirstEnergy Corp. moves closer to 20-year extension of Davis-Besse’s nuclear operating license
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy Corp. moves closer to 20-year extension of Davis-Besse’s nuclear operating license

TOLEDO —”The federal government sees no environmental issues that would keep it from extending the operating license of FirstEnergy Corp.’s Davis-Besse nuclear plant another 20 years. All that remains now are unresolved safety issues brought up by those who oppose the extension. …FirstEnergy is expected to learn this fall whether […]

Twenty-five Ohio citizen groups petition the U.S. EPA for drastic reform of Ohio’s  fracking waste disposal program
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Twenty-five Ohio citizen groups petition the U.S. EPA for drastic reform of Ohio’s fracking waste disposal program

75% of Ohio’s disposal wells for fracking waste are in low-income Appalachian areas that receive “comically inadequate” public participation 0pportunities and no meaningful enforcement COLUMBUS — A large coalition of Ohio environmental and community groups including Ohio Citizen Action sent a detailed, fifteen page demand to U.S. EPA’s Office of […]

Dead fish and other deceased wildlife have been found in the area.
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

EPA searches for evidence of environmental crime at Vienna injection well

VIENNA TWP — “The United States Environmental agency executed a search warrant at a Vienna Township brine disposal business that is the site of a spill. According to the Ohio Attorney General’s office, agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation were asked to assist the Northeast Ohio Environmental Task […]

EPA to decide on public reporting of oil and gas toxic chemicals by October 30
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

EPA to decide on public reporting of oil and gas toxic chemicals by October 30

Environmental groups stay their lawsuit against EPA over exemption for oil and gas from reporting to federal Toxics Release Inventory WASHINGTON, DC — “A federal court has entered a stay in a lawsuit that environmental organizations filed against Environmental Protection Agency over the agency’s failure to require the oil and […]

FirstEnergy‘s Davis-Besse nuclear power plant in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Energy / FirstEnergy

Nuclear Power goes begging, likely at consumers’ expense

Operators of nuclear power plants are seeking rate increases to avoid closures in deregulated market NEW YORK, NY — “Before deregulation, all nuclear reactors were part of utility-owned networks of power plants that used different kinds of fuel, including coal and natural gas. Utilities passed along their combined costs to […]