Slashing Fossil Fuel Consumption Comes With A Price
Governments around the world have agreed to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). That would require an 80 percent reduction in energy sources like coal, oil and natural gas, which emit carbon dioxide into the air.
Nations are far from that ambitious path. There are big political and economic challenges. But technologists do see a way — at least for the United States — to achieve that goal.
Nowhere is that aspiration...
Coshocton Area still waiting on oil and gas boom – Newark Advocate
Drilling techniques must be improved first, experts say
COSHOCTON — The economic effect of hydraulic fracturing by the oil and gas industry has not been a bust, but it’s not the boom promised either — at least not locally.
Recent news reports predict oil and gas drilling in shale deposits declining by 2017 as drillers focus on “sweet spots,” small areas that produce the highest yield. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has issued almost...
Duke study finds radioactive hot spots in PA tributaries Levels below shale discharge 200 X above background
Radioactive waste discharged into rivers from shale gas operations in Pennsylvania exceed regulatory thresholds and pose an environmental risk, according to a study released today by Duke University.
The peer-reviewed study, published in Environmental Science and Technology, found that radium levels of sediment samples collected in Blacklick Creek downstream from a treatment plant in Western Pennsylvania were 200 times greater than samples upstream and...
Your Black Friday Guide To Poison-Free Holiday Shopping
The holiday shopping season officially kicks off on Black Friday, and so begins that annual hunt for the perfect present, at the best price — and with the fewest poisons.
Store shelves, as consumers have been warned, can be filled with everything from lead-contaminated jewelry and toys, to hormone-disrupting perfumes and lotions. Just in the last month, watchdog groups reported finding potentially toxic levels of phthalates in Spongebob Squarepants...
U.S. Methane Study Says Emissions 50 Percent Higher Than EPA Estimates
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is spewing 50 percent more methane — a potent heat-trapping gas — than the federal government estimates, a new comprehensive scientific study says. Much of it is coming from just three states: Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
That means methane may be a bigger global warming issue than thought, scientists say. Methane is 21 times more potent at trapping heat than carbon dioxide, the most abundant global warming gas,...
Fight for your landfill’s safety from fracking wastes; please go to one more meeting…
Each Ohio county has a “solid waste policy committee” that sets a policy for
what waste is accepted. Please attend their next meeting and speak up
against Ohio allowing the frackers’ legacy of contamination. Perhaps your
persuasion will stop the frackers in their tracks.
Frackers are producing mass quantities of rock and sludge waste that is
radioactive and chemically hazardous to those who come into contact with it.
For liquid waste,...
Report: Who Pays for the Cost of Fracking in Ohio?
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A new report is raising concerns on a little-examined aspect of the fracking debate, that is, the costs, and who will be left with the bill when the drillers pull out of town. The Environment Ohio Research and Policy Center examined the state’s financial assurance requirements for oil and gas drilling operations and found Ohio’s bonding requirements inadequately protect communities from the effects of hydraulic...
Athens County Commissioners hold standing-room-only public injection well meeting / Earthquake Follows
Athens, Nov. 20, 2013 — It was standing-room-only as over 160 people filled the Athens Community Center Tuesday night as the Athens County Commissioners took testimony from citizens about an oil and gas waste injection well, K&H Partners #2, proposed for eastern Athens County. If approved, this permit would make the injection well complex the largest in the state.
The commissioners held the public meeting after their request, like those of over 100...
Dr. Mulroy Writes to Rep. Jay Hottinger about Climate Change and SB 58 and HB 302
Dear Representative Hottinger,
I had the opportunity to visit with you a few months ago with a small group of constituents as part of OEC’s Lobby Day. I appreciated your willingness to meet with us and meant to send a follow-up e-mail to thank you.
I also wanted to follow up on a brief exchange we had at the very end of the visit. I brought up the subject of climate change, recognizing that we were at the end of our allotted time and regretting we...
Shale petroleum’s potential and its problems need leaders who will drill for consensus
Christian Science Monitor – Commentary, The Monitor’s View
Americans may not know it but other countries with shale deposits of gas or oil now look to the United States for leadership on two fronts:
One, how to best use the techniques of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). And two, how to resolve the competing values of even tapping this abundant source of petroleum.
In large part because of fracking, the US is now...