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FirstEnergy efficiency program details are sealed ...

  COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two environmental groups have asked Ohio utility regulators to unseal documents FirstEnegy filed detailing the costs and benefits of its energy efficiency programs. The Ohio Environmental Council and the Chicago-based Environmental Law & Policy Center on Wednesday formally petitioned the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to unseal documents FirstEnergy filed during the last several...

California shuts down wastewater injection wells o...

California’s shut down the activities of gas and oil companies aquifers in Central Valley over fears that they may have contaminated aquifers with fracking fluids and other toxic waste from drilling operations. The state’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources earlier this month ordered seven energy companies to stop injecting wastewater in certain wells, claiming that the practice “poses danger to life,...

Fracking wastewater is big business in Ohio

The oil and gas boom made possible by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, of horizontal wells has also led to dramatic growth in Ohio’s injection well disposal industry. The state now has more than 200 active injection wells for oil and gas waste, as shown on an updated map released this month by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Over 16 million barrels of wastewater were pumped into Ohio rock formations in...

Lakewood solar project shining brighter

HEBRON, OHIO – After many months of delays, Lakewood Superintendent Jay Gault still believes the district’s plans to generate its electricity from solar energy are looking favorable. “The project is proceeding forward,” he said Tuesday. However, he has no estimates on when the work to build the solar array will begin. It’s been an on again, off again quest to generate most of its electricity needs via two large...

Halliburton delayed releasing details on fracking ...

A fracking company made federal and state agencies that oversee drinking-water safety wait days before it shared a list of toxic chemicals that spilled from a drilling site into a tributary of the Ohio River. Although the spill following a fire on June 28 at the Statoil North America well pad in Monroe County stretched 5 miles along the creek and killed more than 70,000 fish and wildlife, state officials said they do not...

Hazmat spills on the rise in Ohio

Ohio leads the country in hazardous material transportation accidents, according to a four-month Enquirer investigation. Indiana and Kentucky also are in the top 12 states for hazmat spills. More than a quarter of Ohio’s overall incidents occurred in Greater Cincinnati. Our area experienced a hazmat spill every day on average in 2013. The Enquirer analysis shows there have been about 5,550 hazardous waste incidents in...

Ohio 3rd in hazardous spills during shipping

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – Ohio ranks third nationwide in the number of serious spills involving hazardous materials on roads, rail lines, waterways and in the air since 2005, the Dayton Daily News reported Sunday. The state’s 256 serious incidents involving hazardous material releases rank behind only California and Texas. Those incidents in Ohio include one death from exposure to hazardous material and six deaths from the...

United Church Funds announces fossil-fuel-free inv...

On the anniversary of the United Church of Christ’s historic vote to take action to lessen the impact of fossil fuels on climate change, United Church Funds announced the launch date of a new fossil-fuel-free investment fund. The Beyond Fossil Fuels Fund is a domestic core equity fund that will be free of investments in U.S. companies extracting or producing fossil fuels, and is targeted to open for investment on Oct....