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Group files suit against ODNR for details about pe...

Columbus, OH. Buckeye Environmental Network (BEN) has filed a lawsuit against the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) for withholding critical public information, violating Ohio law. Under public records law ORC 149.43, Ohio Department of Natural Recourses should have granted, but instead denied, a file review request by the group’s Executive Director of ODNR files on AquaSalina, a product of oil and gas waste. The...

Study Finds Health Threats Posed By Oil And Gas Wa...

STATE IMPACT PENNSYLVANIA – Spreading oil and gas wastewater has been a common and cheap way for municipalities to suppress dust on unpaved roads in parts of Pennsylvania for years. But a new study found the practice — which the state recently ended — could threaten environmental and public health by leaching metals, salts, and radioactive materials into surface or groundwater, nearby soil, and even the air. The study, from...

The Home Depot Will Be Third Major U.S. Retailer t...

The world’s largest home improvement retailer, The Home Depot, announced Tuesday (6/19/2018) that it will phase out the use of the toxic chemicals methylene chloride and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) in its paint removal products by the end of this year. The company, which operates more than 2,200 stores in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, is the third major retailer this month to commit to pulling the products from store...

Solar farms possible at Yellowbud, Buckskin Townsh...

Solar panels are laid out in Mississippi. Ross County officials are mulling over a pair of proposals to bring solar farms to the area.(Photo: Susan Broadbridge, Associated Press) CHILLICOTHE – Two Ross County sites are being looked at as possible future sites of solar farms that could significantly impact the tax base of the school districts and townships in which they are located, as well as the county....

10 Tips for Traveling More Responsibly

Each year, almost 1.2 billion people travel abroad, making travel and tourism one of the largest industries in the world. Representing a whopping 10 percent of the global economy, it supplies millions of jobs and benefits countless communities. Yet while travel has many positive impacts, it can also take a heavy toll on the environment, from putting increased strain on fragile ecosystems and culturally significant sites to...

We just got a clear sign the trillion-dollar coast...

Climate change hits U.S. property values, new analysis finds Home buyers are starting to incorporate climate risk into the price of property in areas facing warming-driven extreme weather disasters, new research finds. And that’s bad news for the trillion-dollar coastal property bubble. “Homes in areas most exposed to flood and hurricane risk were worth less last year, on average, than a decade earlier,” according to...

Ohio lawmakers fine-tune renewable energy mandates

COLUMBUS — Ohio utilities would still have to find more of their power from renewable sources like solar and wind but not as much as required by current law under a bill that could soon see a Senate vote. A revised version of House Bill 114 rolled out last week would get rid of the House-passed concept of replacing the mandates with voluntary goals carrying no penalties for failure. The bill also seeks to resolve a four-year...

A new unity on solutions for climate change

Both parties in Congress now support incentives for capturing carbon emissions from oil, gas, and coal. The political shift from a divisive debate is welcome. Is the political climate over climate change finally changing for the better in Washington? Perhaps, if you listen to the buzz about a bipartisan effort in Congress to take action on carbon emissions from the use of coal, oil, and natural gas. In February, lawmakers of...

Coshocton County group opposes company’s effort to...

COSHOCTON — A company operating injection wells in Coshocton County has asked regulators to allow a change in its permitting to accept industrial and other nonhazardous waste fluids instead of just oilfield brine. If Buckeye Brine is successful, it would mark the first time an Ohio Class II injection well was switched to a Class I. Operators say they’ve been pumping oilfield fluids into rock formations deep underground for...

Advanced energy, Ohio manufacturing are crucial to...

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ohio’s manufacturing heritage could be the starting point of a revolution in advanced-energy technologies, say two analytical policy groups whose emissaries recently visited Cleveland. CNA, a non-profit research and analysis organization with roots in national defense analytical work dating back to World War II, and the Atlantic Council, a think tank created in the early 1960s in support of the...

How the energy boom shaped a small town in rural A...

When a fracking company came to a small community in rural Pennsylvania, many people signed the lease that allowed the company to access the natural gas resources on their land. Among them was Stacey Haney, who at that time owned a small farm. Haney saw the lease as a way to support American energy, and like many other people, a way to get some extra money to support life. But money is not the only thing fracking brought to...

Comprehensive Animal Protein Study Compares Enviro...

Scientists behind a study published less than two weeks ago said that avoiding meat and dairy is probably the single best consumer choice you can make for the environment. But if you want to watch your footprint while still eating meat, a study published Monday, which authors say is the most comprehensive comparison of the environmental impact of various animal proteins, has you covered. The study, published in Frontiers in...

Solar Panel Tariff Will Cost Over $2.5 Billion In ...

June 7 (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s tariff on imported solar panels has led U.S. renewable energy companies to cancel or freeze investments of more than $2.5 billion in large installation projects, along with thousands of jobs, the developers told Reuters. That’s more than double the about $1 billion in new spending plans announced by firms building or expanding U.S. solar panel factories to take advantage of...

Editorial: Trump bailout turns free market upside ...

Houston Chronicle: Americans of a certain age likely remember Tennessee Ernie Ford, a TV entertainer whose musical rendition of a coal miner’s lament, “Sixteen Tons,” sold millions of records in the mid-1950s. Written a decade earlier by a former Kentucky coal miner, “Sixteen Tons” opened with the evocative question: “You load sixteen tons, what do you get?” In his sonorous baritone voice, Ford offered up a doleful reply....

Trump Skipping G7 Climate Meeting on Climate, Clea...

President Donald Trump headed for the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Canada on Friday but will be leaving before Saturday’s meeting on climate change, clean energy and oceans. The White House said an aide will take Trump’s place, CNN reported. The announcement of his early departure comes amid a brewing war on tariffs. French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a joint...

TransCanada Pipeline Explodes in West Virginia

A newly installed TransCanada natural gas pipeline exploded early Thursday in the remote Nixon Ridge area of Marshall County in West Virginia. No injuries were reported but flames and smoke from the blast could be seen as far as 20 miles away, residents told local media. Area police told CBS News the fire was “very large—if you can see it from your house, evacuate.” “It sounded like a freight train coming...

Personal View: Clean energy is vital to the health...

The health of our community, environment and economy are directly linked. Clean energy is essential to all three, with benefits that ensure a thriving business community and a robust health care system here in Ohio. That is why Ohio businesses and health care institutions are increasingly embracing clean energy and calling on lawmakers to do the same. As the Ohio General Assembly considers policies that would undercut the...

Cleveland clean energy business says Trump tariffs...

The manufacturer of metal parts for the solar industry says tariffs have put it at a “huge disadvantage” against foreign competitors. Talan Products’ metal stamping and aluminum extrusion business was close to clinching a huge contract. Then the announcement of the Trump administration’s steel and aluminum tariffs put the project on an indefinite hold. “It killed a $5 million dollar deal,” said Steve Peplin, founder and CEO...

Wanted: Innovative farmers to help slow algal bloo...

  MCCOMB, OHIO Flat, mosquito infested, and barely passable, the Great Black Swamp once covered 1,500 square miles of northwestern Ohio and neighboring Indiana. Drained and settled in the 19th century, the area includes the farm that Duane Stateler’s great-grandfather started back then. Today, Mr. Stateler and his son raise hogs and grow corn, soybeans, and wheat on the family’s acreage. But for the sake of Lake Erie,...

Personal View: Clean energy is vital to the health...

The health of our community, environment and economy are directly linked. Clean energy is essential to all three, with benefits that ensure a thriving business community and a robust health care system here in Ohio. That is why Ohio businesses and health care institutions are increasingly embracing clean energy and calling on lawmakers to do the same. As the Ohio General Assembly considers policies that would undercut the...