Groups sue U.S. EPA over fracking waste regulations
A number of environmental groups are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying the government has failed to adequately regulate how companies dispose of waste created by oil and gas drilling.
The organizations, including some in Ohio, want the EPA to revisit regulations over injection wells that pump hundreds of millions of gallons of waste from drilling and fracking each year. These disposal wells have been linked to water contamination in...
EIA produces new maps of the Utica Shale play
The U.S. Energy Information Administration has produced new maps that show the structure, thickness, and geologic setting of the Utica Shale play and the location of production wells. Production of oil and natural gas from the Utica play has increased since 2011, with more than 1,700 wells drilled as of January 2016. The Utica play includes both the Utica formation and the deeper Point Pleasant formation, each with its own characteristics.
The Utica play...
This mystery was solved: Scientists say chemicals from fracking wastewater can taint fresh water nearby
The boom in unconventional drilling for natural gas known as fracking hit so fast that scientists have had to scramble to determine whether it’s safe for humans and the environment. Mostly they’re still trying to catch up.
But a study by the U.S. Geological Survey appears to have answered a critical question about the millions of gallons of chemical-laced water that are injected into the wells to fracture rocks and release trapped gas. Is there any...
Restore renewable energy and efficiency rules, Cleveland City Council demands
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland City Council has done its part in a statewide campaign to bring back Ohio’s renewable energy standards and energy efficiency mandates.
Council on Monday night approved a resolution asking for the immediate return of the state rules requiring power companies to help their customers use less power and to sell more power generated by clean technologies such as wind and solar.
Council’s action follows a report...
The fracking party is over, and a quiet desperation has descended on the state’s once-booming communities and the thousands of people who were drawn to them.
WILLISTON, N.D. – Dave Van Assche didn’t fret too much when oil prices started to slide in late 2014.
The postal services business he had built over three short years was thriving, catering to the tens of thousands of people who, like him, had streamed into North Dakota to strike it rich during an unprecedented oil boom.
But the price drop quickened, due in part to a supply glut from the 1.2 million barrels of oil North Dakota was pumping each...
Analysis: Dust from dam project is health risk (Buckeye Lake)
BUCKEYE LAKE – Dam project spokesperson Ian Nickey hand- delivered two Material Safety Data Sheets last Thursday to a North Bank resident who requested them earlier in the week.
The resident sought the OSHA-required documents after his physician asked about the dust that was irritating his eyes and skin. Other neighbors reported similar symptoms plus some respiratory problems.
Portland cement, which is delivered in tractor-trailer bulk...
Does PEX Piping Affect Drinking Water Quality?
Researchers find that popular PEX plumbing may harm the water coming from the tap in your home.
Plastic pipes generally are cheaper, lighter and easier to install than metal plumbing. So they’re the perfect choice for your home, right?
Not so fast.
Homeowners who installed a popular plastic pipe may want to filter water or flush their piping, say researchers studying cross-linked polyethylene piping, also called PEX pipe.
The product continues to...
AEP wants to lead Ohio solar-power development
American Electric Power is looking to shape the way solar power grows in Ohio, a plan that includes development of big solar arrays and new charges for customers who install their own rooftop solar arrays.
At the same time, the company is reluctant to criticize a new proposal in the Ohio General Assembly that would place a three-year freeze on state clean-energy standards.
“We have to be able to focus on the grid of the future,” said Nick...
Michigan getting sick over climate change
Rising temperatures and altered precipitation coincide with state illness spikes.
Talk to folks in Michigan this time of year, and a little bump up in the thermometer doesn’t sound half bad. But disease-carrying bugs, pollen-induced asthma and soupy, algae-filled lakes that might make us sick? Eh, no thanks.
It’s these health impacts, coinciding with northern Midwest climate changes, that worry health officials: Breathing problems from more pollen and...
Oil and gas drilling prospects dim here, expert says
If oil and natural-gas prices increase substantially, new well drilling likely will get a boost in Columbiana County, but the prospects aren’t good in Mahoning and Trumbull counties, an industry expert said.
“Right now, you’re really just looking at Belmont, Harrison, Monroe, and maybe a little bit of Noble County” as the focus of drilling activity, said Mike Chadsey, public-relations director for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, a...