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Dynegy Inc. CEO Bob Flexon
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Dynegy CEO: Re-regulation in Ohio would help ‘the weakest in the herd’

COLUMBUS — “Hopes for re-regulating Ohio’s power industry are another example of utilities not wanting to compete, says one of the newest entrants to the state’s power generation industry. ‘They’re used to getting what they want – big, fat margins so they can pay big dividends to shareholders,’ Dynegy Inc. […]

Oklahoma shaken by 40 earthquakes in one week, fracking waste blamed
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Oklahoma shaken by 40 earthquakes in one week, fracking waste blamed

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — “An astounding 40 earthquakes were reported within the period of a week in Oklahoma in late July. State Gov. Mary Fallin acknowledged the link between such earthquake clusters and wastewater disposal procedures used in fracking operations. In 2013, Oklahoma experienced 109 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or […]

Video: June 15, 2015 Day of Action
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Video: June 15, 2015 Day of Action

COLUMBUS — On June 15, 2015 Ohio Citizen Action and Ohio Sierra Club members and volunteers from all over FirstEnergy’s service territory came to Columbus to deliver a message to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and Governor John Kasich.

Ohio will sue EPA over Obama’s Clean Power Plan
Clean Power Plan / Coal

Ohio will sue EPA over Obama’s Clean Power Plan

COLUMBUS — “The confirmation that Ohio would prefer to litigate rather than immediately comply backs up Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Craig Butler’s assertion earlier this week that it would be ‘irresponsible’ for the U.S. EPA to force immediate compliance until the legal issue is resolved. The issue? It’s not […]

As Esther Calhoun sees it, discrimination, rooted in the acts of many, has turned this wisp of a town into a dumping ground.
Coal / Coal Ash / Good Neighbor Campaigns

Welcome to Uniontown: Arrowhead Landfill battle a modern civil rights struggle

Alabama’s biggest waste dump inflicts misery on residents of Uniontown, whose complaints to the EPA have gone unheeded UNIONTOWN, AL — “Foul odors, corrosive dust and menacing buzzards have become facts of life for people who live here. Some no longer sit on their porches, grow their gardens or let […]

FirstEnergy can’t hide any longer
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy can’t hide any longer

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy has also prevented opponents of its bailout from examining all relevant information to the case, including the credibility of its key witnesses. But, last week, the PUCO rejected these attempts to hide information about FirstEnergy’s embattled $3 billion proposal. As we near the start of the proposed bailout […]

The coal-powered Cardinal Power Station is located along the Ohio River south of Steubenville.
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

Ohio to fight Obama plan curtailing coal power plants

COLUMBUS — “Coal-industry leaders and Ohio officials said they plan to sue to prevent the rules from taking effect. Obama’s Clean Power Plan includes more-stringent controls on carbon dioxide emissions than initial plans proposed in 2014. The finalized plan calls for a 32 percent cut in overall carbon dioxide emissions […]

U.S. EPA gives Ohio to 2030 to cut power plant emissions by one-third
Clean Power Plan / Coal / FirstEnergy

U.S. EPA gives Ohio to 2030 to cut power plant emissions by one-third

WASHINGTON, DC —  “Ohio lawmakers last year put a two-year freeze on the state’s annually increasing standards or renewable power and energy efficiency gains.  At the insistence of Gov. John Kasich, that freeze will automatically end in January 2017 and the standards will be back in place. A  legislative study […]

AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy CEO wants Ohio to end deregulation, but AEP boss says not so fast

COLUMBUS — “The new leader of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE) would re-regulate Ohio’s electric industry “in a heartbeat” if he could. American Electric Power Company Inc.’s chief executive won’t go that far. Chuck Jones, CEO of Akron-based FirstEnergy, told Cleveland.com the deregulation of the industry that began in earnest at the […]

Lake Erie’s green monster returns
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Lake Erie’s green monster returns

Algae back with a vengeance in Lake Erie a year after Toledo’s water crisis; prognosis poor TOLEDO — “The area near the public water intake is freckled with algae, small blobs that resemble a massive school of lime-green fish. It is a jarring sight, especially so close to today, the […]