Land records show many state parks could see mining, drilling
About 40 percent of Ohio’s natural treasures — its state parks, forests and wildlife and nature preserves — could be undermined in the quest to remove valuable coal, oil, natural gas and other minerals.
Mineral rights owned by other parties could permit mining or drilling in parts of 18 state forests, 24 state parks and 53 natural areas, according to an analysis of state land records by The Dispatch.
Even the parcel holding one of the crown jewels...
An Innovative New Way For Normal People To Invest In Solar Power
On top of new storage-plus-solar deals for businesses, lease-to-own models, and business partnerships, SolarCity has just cooked up a new way for everyday Americans to invest in the solar power it provides.
The country’s biggest solar services firm and its leading installer of rooftop solar systems, SolarCity announced on Wednesday that it’s now offering bonds online to everyday investors, the New York Times reported. Bonds are a form of debt: the...
Researchers find chemicals in the air in rural Carroll County
Researchers compiled results from Carroll County air-quality tests and found 32 of the 62 measurable PAHs present in the air samples. (PAH = polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons)
In December, King learned from a neighbor that researchers from the University of Cincinnati and Oregon State University would be conducting an air-quality study in Carroll County. She contacted the University of Cincinnati, and members of the research project installed monitors on...
Fracking Triggers More Ohio Earthquakes, Study Finds
Another rare case of fracking-caused earthquakes has jolted Ohio.
A new study connects some 400 micro-earthquakes in Harrison County, near the town of Canton, to hydraulic fracturing wells. The three wells operated from September through October 2013 in the Utica Shale. Ten of the quakes registered between magnitude 1.7 and magnitude 2.2, but the tremors were too deep to cause damage or to be easily felt by people, according to the study, published today...
What shale CEOs tell investors and the SEC at odds
Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) — Lee Tillman, chief executive officer of Marathon Oil Corp., told investors last month that the company was potentially sitting on the equivalent of 4.3 billion barrels in its U.S. shale acreage.
That number was 5.5 times higher than the proved reserves Marathon reported to federal regulators.
Such discrepancies are rife in the U.S. shale industry. Drillers use bigger forecasts to sell the hydraulic fracturing boom to investors...
Group pushes for more chemical disclosure at fracking sites
Disclosure of complete chemical information before oil and gas companies break ground on a fracking site could better prepare emergency-response teams for the worst fires, a Cleveland-based environmental and consumer organization said yesterday.
Based on its study of a Monroe County well-pad fire in June, the nonprofit Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund, which opposes fracking, came up with recommendations for state government to clarify...
Green Energy Falters in Ohio (Op-Ed)
While most U.S. states are experiencing a surge in renewable energy that exceeds even the rosiest predictions, one state — Ohio — has chosen this moment to backtrack. Earlier this year, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a law that temporarily freezes the energy efficiency and renewable energy standards the state had adopted, choking investment in wind and solar, and stalling the state’s transition away from over-reliance on its aging coal...
Confirmed: California Aquifers Contaminated With Billions Of Gallons of Fracking Wastewater
After California state regulators shut down 11 fracking wastewater injection wells last July over concerns that the wastewater might have contaminated aquifers used for drinking water and farm irrigation, the EPA ordered a report within 60 days.
It was revealed yesterday that the California State Water Resources Board has sent a letter to the EPA confirming that at least nine of those sites were in fact dumping wastewater contaminated with fracking fluids...
Granville CoHousing: An opportunity for more sustainable living.
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A group interested in building a Granville cohousing community is now
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kids and grandparents and everyone in between. Granville Cohousing is based
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Lab official admits he faked water samples to help coal companies skirt regulations
The case brings up larger questions about the reliability of self-reporting
A West Virginia lab technician on the mining industry’s payroll plead guilty Thursday to repeatedly faking water sample quality tests to pass Clean Water Act standards.
John W. Shelton, a field technician and later, supervisor, for Appalachian Laboratories Inc., the Charleston Gazette reports, admitted that he “diluted water samples, substituted water he knew to be clean for...