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 establishments in an...
Health Dangers of Fracking Revealed in Johns Hopkins Study
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 side by side with homes in...
State’s largest solar project to be in Bowling Green — Ohio’s energy landscape changing
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 Green. About 110 business leaders,...
Cities Are Ready for 100% Clean Energy: 10 Case Studies
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, public officials and community...
Coalition climate numbskulls are back again flogging CCS (Carbon Capture & Storage) at a cost of A$209 billion
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 load six bullets square into...
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 provides a glimpse of our future...
Ohio Residents Clash With State and County Government in Fight to Ban Fracking via the Ballot
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 recent years, Ohio has seen...
Local water supplies being tested in advance of oil and gas drilling in Munroe Falls, Ohio
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 is to be operated by...
Politics over public health
Once again, politics have been chosen over progress and the results are embarrassing for the State of Ohio.
On Aug. 1, Ohio joined in a lawsuit against the EPA along with 12 other states arguing that the recently established rules for new and modified oil and gas operations will negatively affect the bottom line of the industry. The states argue that the regulations are “burdensome and unnecessary.”
Do you know what is burdensome and unnecessary to...
New Report Showcases 10 US Cities Committed to 100% Renewable Energy
A report released last week showcases how 10 US cities committed to 100 percent clean energy and how their decisions are creating local jobs, saving residents money and reducing pollution. It’s the first report out of The Sierra Club’s new Ready for 100 campaign, an effort to get 100 US cities to transition to 100 percent renewable energy.
So far, 16 cities have committed to 100 percent renewable energy and, according to The Sierra Club, a few have...