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Fracking activity continues despite end of boom

The fracking frenzy in Eastern Ohio has come and gone, and it might never be back again in quite the same way. Spurred by high energy prices, improvements in drilling technology and an abundance of gas beneath Ohio, oil and gas companies began rushing to drill in Ohio in 2011. They brought with them an unprecedented surge in economic optimism: high-paying jobs, windfalls for land owners and new business for a range of...

Health Dangers of Fracking Revealed in Johns Hopki...

A new study out today from Johns Hopkins in Environmental Health Perspectives revealed associations between fracking and various health symptoms including nasal and sinus problems, migraines and fatigue in Pennsylvanians living near areas of natural gas development. The study suggests that residents with the highest exposure to active fracking wells are nearly twice as likely to suffer from the symptoms. A natural gas rig...

State’s largest solar project to be in Bowling Gre...

BOWLING GREEN — Sixteen of Ohio’s 25 largest solar projects are in northwest Ohio and — four months from now — the largest will be in Bowling Green, which for years was best known as the place which launched the state into the modern era of utility-scale wind turbines. The solar industry’s coming of age was recognized at a statewide Green Energy Ohio conference Thursday at the Stone Ridge Golf Club in Bowling...

Cities Are Ready for 100% Clean Energy: 10 Case St...

Cities have long been the hotbed of innovation, the drivers of change, the incubators of solutions to the world’s biggest challenges. Clean energy is the latest example of how leadership at the local level is pushing the envelope at a critical juncture. This report showcases 10 U.S. cities that have made ambitious commitments to be powered by 100% renewable energy. For a variety of reasons and in diverse circumstances,...

Coalition climate numbskulls are back again floggi...

The Coalition’s latest brainsnap of flogging Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) as a solution to CO2 emissions from coal-fired power stations will set the taxpayer back an eye-watering $209 billion, says Lachlan Barker. YOU MAY have in your time seen one of those schlock horror teen kill movies where no matter what you do to the psychopathic killer, he just keeps coming back to life and threatening once again. You can...

Think It’s Hot Now? Just Wait

July wasn’t just hot — it was the hottest month ever recorded, according to NASA. And this year is likely to be the hottest year on record. Fourteen of the 15 hottest years have occurred since 2000, as heat waves have become more frequent, more intense and longer lasting. A study in the journal Nature Climate Change last year found that three of every four daily heat extremes can be tied to global warming. This map...

Ohio Residents Clash With State and County Governm...

For years, local Ohioans have been told by courts and elected officials that they have no control over fracking — “it is a matter of state law.” However, groups of determined residents are refusing to accept this argument, taking steps to establish local democratic control over what they see as vital societal questions of health, safety, and planetary survival. But not without resistance from their own governments. In...

Local water supplies being tested in advance of oi...

Munroe Falls, (OHIO) — Site preparation work has begun on a planned oil and gas well on the north side of Munroe Falls Avenue and the city has asked Cuyahoga Falls to keep a close eye on the quality of water supplies to the west. Service Director Jim Bowery told the Stow Sentry Aug. 2 that he noticed an excavator clearing the site for the well on a vacant parcel just west of the Sonoco paper mill on July 28. The well...