What the Science Says About Long-Term Damage From Lead
Many eyes are now focused on Flint, Mich., where government failures have resulted in elevated lead levels in the city’s drinking water. But the effects on Flint’s residents, particularly its children, may not show up until long after the cameras have left town.
Lead intoxication or poisoning is somewhat of a misnomer. The levels of lead in the water in Flint in the last year or so will probably not lead to many seizures, hospitalizations or medical...
Unsafe Lead Levels in Tap Water Not Limited to Flint
In Sebring, Ohio, routine laboratory tests last August found unsafe levels of lead in the town’s drinking water after workers stopped adding a chemical to keep lead water pipes from corroding. Five months passed before the city told pregnant women and children not to drink the water, and shut down taps and fountains in schools.
In 2001, after Washington, D.C., changed how it disinfected drinking water, lead in tap water at thousands of homes spiked as...
Newly Released Study Shows Tie Between Fracking Water and Earthquakes
According to a new study conducted by researchers from several California universities, disposing water from oil and gas drilling in California is likely contributing to a swarm of earthquakes.
This is the first conclusive study to link California fracking water to earthquakes, but not the first to link waste water to earthquakes in other states. In Oklahoma the number of earthquakes has grown since the start of fracking and oil booms from just a handful...
Drillers using more water to frack Ohio shale
The amount of water that companies use to drill for oil and gas in Ohio shale increased steadily from 2011 to 2015, according to a Dispatch analysis.
The numbers show that water use in Ohio increased by about 10 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to the analysis of the FracFocus Chemical Disclosure Registry, a website sponsored by the oil and gas industry that collects information about drilling and the hydraulic fracturing of shale to release oil and...
Driven by power outages and savings, towns look to microgrid
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York town that repeatedly found itself without power for days during a string of storms is planning a dramatic step by pulling its municipal buildings entirely off the electric grid.
The decision by Nassau to rely on solar, wind, landfill gas and battery storage by 2020 puts the town of 5,000 near Albany on the leading edge of a national campaign to develop “microgrids” designed to make communities more...
Green energy on rise despite drop in oil prices
It stood to reason that collapsing prices for oil would make clean energy relatively more expensive. That would dampen the public’s craving to install solar panels and build wind turbines.
Well, let’s try to reason again. A lot of opposing forces are shaking the old assumptions. In the jaws of bargain oil, the U.S. Department of Energy expects Americans to increase their use of renewable power this year by almost 10 percent. Why is this time...
On Eve of Caucuses, Clinton Rakes in Fracking Cash
Less than a week before the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton attended a gala fundraiser in Philadelphia at the headquarters of Franklin Square Capital Partners, a major investor in the fossil-fuel industry, particularly domestic fracking. The controversial fracking industry is particularly powerful in Pennsylvania, which will host the Democratic National Convention this July.
Clinton has avoided taking any clear stand on fracking. While she has embraced the...
How to Finance a Trillion-Dollar Climate Change Opportunity
Pulling the world back from the brink of catastrophic climate change cannot be done for free.
Pulling the world back from the brink of catastrophic climate change cannot be done for free. Changing the way the world is powered means big spending — and huge investment opportunities — as new clean energy infrastructure is built across the world.
And that’s catching the attention of the global financial community.
This week, from New York to...
Ohio is poised to set records for volumes of drilling wastes going into injection wells
Published: December 11, 2015 – 05:47 PM
Ohio is on track to end 2015 with a record volume of drilling wastes going into the state’s injection wells.
Through nine months, Ohio’s 211 injection wells have taken in 20.0 million barrels of wastes, according to activist Teresa Mills of the Buckeye Forest Council who compiled the data from Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ records.
That’s enough to fill 1,275 Olympic-sized swimming pools, the...
Energy glut, low commodity prices hitting Ohio’s Utica Shale; cutbacks are growing in eastern Ohio
Drilling is slowing down in Ohio’s Utica Shale because of low commodity prices and growing energy supplies.
Continued low prices tied to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ efforts to derail shale drilling in the United States have put a major crimp into drilling for natural gas and liquids in Ohio and other shale-drilling states.
OPEC has continued production, despite an oil glut that has reduced prices to $36 a barrel, in order to...