The Solar Industry Is a Friend, Not a Frenemy
Oil can be both a job creator and a job destroyer. It’s the nature of a boom-and-bust beast, and lately the beast has been a destroyer.
As tight oil production from shales has ramped up in a drilling frenzy over the past few years, U.S. oil has disrupted the global market pricing equilibrium and consequently oil prices has been in free fall last summer. They’re down now about 60 percent since June. Not surprisingly, the companies involved in shale...
Shale Revolution Did Not Pay Investors Well
We have all heard of the “shale revolution”. It has been touted as the energy panacea of our time. Given the extreme hype, one would expect that such enthusiasm would translate into above average share performance for shale operators. This has not been the case. Share performance has actually been quite mediocre and in some cases just downright poor.
The shale revolution started with shale gas. The Marcellus shale which spans Pennsylvania, parts of...
Report: Ohio River most polluted body of water in U.S. for 7th year in row
Greater Cincinnati Water Works have special carbon filtration system in place to remove toxic chemicals
CREWS HAVE BEEN WORKING TO HOLD IN PLACE. THE PLAN IS TO HAVE TRUCKS REMOVE THE WATER. WE KNOW THE OHIO RIVER HAS CHEMICALS. BUT HOW BAD IS IT? A NEW REPORT PUT THE OHIO BACK ON TOP IN A NATIONAL LIST. WLWT NEWS 5 JENNIFER SCHACK WENT TO THE NUMBERS. 23 MILLION POUNDS OF CHEMICALS WENT INTO THE OHIO RIVER IN 2013. THE OHIO RANKS...
Lake Erie safe drinking water bill dies mysterious death in 2014 Congress: editorial
The bipartisan “Safe and Secure Drinking Water Act of 2014″ seemed a safe and secure bet for congressional approval, a gift of public-health oversight just before the holiday hiatus aimed at avoiding a repeat of the Toledo area’s drinking-water crisis last August.
There was no lobbyist lard: just a bare-bones narrative that directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop recommended standards on what levels of microcystins...
GOP legislators, justices sleeping with oily interests
The citizens of the great state of Ohio are drowning in oil, and not in a good way.
If anyone had any doubt that the oil and gas industry is the tail wagging the Ohio government dog, it should be put to rest by the state Supreme Court’s outrageous decision in the Morrison (Munroe Falls) vs Beck Energy Corp. case on Feb. l7.
A split Supreme Court ruled 4-3 in favor of a drilling company that objected to being restricted by local regulations. Those...
Ohio oil well output doubles; natural gas triples
COLUMBUS – Oil production has more than doubled and production of natural gas has tripled in Ohio in one year, bolstering arguments by the administration of Gov. John Kasich that the industry is thriving enough to sustain a tax increase.
Kasich wants to use the proceeds to reduce the state’s income tax.
Statistics released Wednesday by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources showed more than 3.5 million barrels of oil and 164 billion cubic feet...
The Year the Dam of Denial Breaks – Ready for the Flood?
This is the year the “dam of denial” will break and the momentum for climate action will become an unstoppable flood. It will be messy, confusing and endlessly debated but with historical hindsight, 2015 will be the year. The year the world turned, primarily because the market woke up to the economic threat posed by climate change and the economic opportunity in the inevitable decline of fossil fuels. That shift will in turn unlock government policy...
Ohio’s oil-and-gas industry donations, ruling tied?
An Ohio Supreme Court justice lamented last week that “the oil and gas industry has gotten its way” in a decision that says local governments can’t regulate drilling.
“What the drilling industry has bought and paid for in campaign contributions they shall receive.”
The dissenting opinion of Justice William M. O’Neill in a fracking case was not without factual basis: Ohio’s oil-and-gas industry poured about $1.4 million into the campaign...
Fracking Industry Distorts Science To Deceive Public And Policymakers, Says Watchdog Group
A fracking opponent protests in Sacramento, California.
The oil and gas industry sponsors and spins research to shape the scientific debate over horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. That’s the conclusion of a watchdog group’s analysis of more than 130 documents distributed to policymakers by industry representatives.
“Research and statistics can be manipulated to say whatever the person using them wants to say,” said...
Study says Weathersfield Township, Ohio earthquake and injection well are linked
Expert: Seismic events dwindled after ODNR ordered shutdown
A soon-to-be published study of earthquakes near two brine-injection wells on state Route 169 just north of Niles indicates that the deeper of the two wells apparently caused the quakes. (Ed, Niles is located between Warren, OH and Youngstown, OH)
Seismologists at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, used data they collected just after a 2.1-magnitude Aug. 30, 2014, earthquake to report to the Ohio...