4 states confirm water pollution from drilling
Associated Press review of complaints casts doubt on industry view that it rarely happens.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — In at least four states that have nurtured the nation’s energy boom, hundreds of complaints have been made about well-water contamination from oil or gas drilling, and pollution was confirmed in a number of them, according to a review that casts doubt on industry suggestions that such problems rarely happen.
The Associated Press requested...
Greening Your Portfolio – group meeting discussed how to adjust to fossil-free investing
Sunday, March 23 at a general meeting of Licking County Concerned Citizens for Health and Environment:
Kristy Etling, CRPC from Merrill Lynch Wealth Management led a discussion of value-based investing.
She provided a systematic approach illustrated with this process:
Links and Information Resources:
• Merrill Lynch GWM, A Transforming World, Research & Insights 2013...
Radioactive Waste Booms With Oil as U.S. States Weigh Rules (1)
Oilfields are spinning off thousands of tons of low-level radioactive trash as the U.S. drilling boom leads to a surge in illegal dumping and states debate how much landfills can safely take.
State regulators are caught between environmental and public health groups demanding more regulation and the industry, which says it’s already taking proper precautions. As scientists debate the impact of small amounts of radiation on cancer risks, the U.S....
Wastewater from W.Va. spill sent to Ohio, NC
Other wastewater was sent this week to North Carolina and Ohio treatment plants.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Wastewater containing a chemical that spilled into the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians is heading to Ohio and North Carolina.
State Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Kelley Gillenwater says Freedom Industries started sending wastewater to an Ohio underground injection control well site this week.
The material was vacuumed...
Long road ahead to restore Oak Glen Nature Preserve following oil spill
It was late evening on March 17 when neighbors reported smelling diesel near the Oak Glen Nature Preserve in Colerain Township. An underground pipeline run by a Sunoco subsidiary had ruptured and oil was oozing down a hillside creek, collecting in a pond and threatening to seep into the Great Miami River.
Rings of oil still encircle trees in the marshy pond.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU
A month later, you can still see oil...
There is no reason to slash Ohio’s sound measures for promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency
EDITORIAL by the Toledo Blade
Don’t lower the standards
A good state law requires Ohio utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity sales from renewable and alternative energy sources by 2025. Utilities also must adopt energy-efficiency measures aimed at cutting electricity consumption in the state by 22 percent in the same period.
Since the clean-energy law was enacted in 2008, it has helped promote an alternative-energy industry that has...
Ohio voters favor green energy, efficiency and political candidates who do the same, poll finds
“The findings present a very clear picture of where Ohioans stand when it comes to energy policy,” David Metz, principal, FM3 polling company.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohioans overwhelmingly favor replacing coal-fired power plants with wind farms and solar arrays, and requiring utilities to help customers use less electricity, a poll released Wednesday has found.
The random telephone survey of 600 Ohio voters found:
• That 72 percent favor...
Citigroup Says the ‘Age of Renewables’ Has Begun
Investment bank Citi says solar and wind are competing on costs with fossil fuels in the U.S.
Investment banking giant Citigroup has hailed the start of the “age of renewables” in the United States, the world’s biggest electricity market, saying that solar and wind energy are becoming competitive with natural gas peaking and baseload plants.
In a major new analysis released last week, Citi says the big decision-makers within the U.S. power industry...
Up To 1,000 Times More Methane Released At Gas Wells Than EPA Estimates, Study Finds
An analysis of a number of hydraulic fracturing sites in southwestern Pennsylvania has found that methane was being released into the atmosphere at 100 to 1,000 times the rate that the Environmental Protection Agency estimated. The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that drilling operations at seven well pads emitted 34 grams of methane per second, on average, much higher than the EPA-estimated 0.04 grams...
ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) Attacks Ohio Renewable Energy Standard, Local Newspapers Fail to Show Fossil Fuel Connection
[Editor's note: I was part of a large group of people, businesses, organizations and policymakers that worked to pass Ohio's renewable energy standard, SB 221. For years we've been working to protect this standard as it's under attack by ALEC and members of the Ohio General Assembly. Frustration is at an all-time high as Ohio is at risk of losing the many benefits of SB 221 including job growth, utility cost savings, a cleaner environment and healthier...