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Congressional Watch-Dog Warns Fracking Waste Could...

  The Government Accountability Office says new risks from underground injections of oil and gas waste could harm drinking water supplies, and the EPA needs to step up both oversight and enforcement. The GAO released a study on Monday detailing the EPA’s role in overseeing the nation’s 172,000 wells, which either dispose of oil and gas waste, use “enhanced” oil and gas production techniques, store fossil fuels...

AEP Energy Installing Solar Array At Ohio State

COLUMBUS, July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — AEP Energy today began installation of a 101-kilowatt (kW) solar array on the roof of The Ohio State University’s Student Life Recreation and Physical Activities Center (RPAC). AEP Energy will fund, build, own and operate the approximately 10,000-square-foot array, made up of 367 solar panels arranged in a configuration similar to the “Block O.” Installation is...

Advocates hope to hold the line on 2-year freeze

Still reeling from what they consider a devastating one-two punch from Gov. John Kasich six weeks ago, Ohio clean-energy advocates are getting back on their feet, shaking off the shock of two bills being signed into law, and trying to figure out how they can avoid a knockout. They admit it won’t be easy. But lobbyists such as Terrence O’Donnell, a Columbus attorney from the global law firm of Dickinson Wright, said...

Ohio Near The Top For Energy And Environmentally E...

Energy efficient home building is on the rise in Ohio. The group that certifies green building says Ohio ranks number 6 in the country in the number green homes. Over the last four years, the number of so-called LEED certified has increased 8 and a half times. But some builders and state lawmakers question whether LEED should be the standard. Catherine Girves enjoys showing off her home in Old Towne East. She and her family...

Intersex fish found in Pennsylvania rivers spur se...

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection has begun an extensive sampling of chemical contaminants in response to the discovery of intersex fish in three of the state’s rivers, a department spokeswoman said. Male fish carrying eggs were found in the Susquehanna, Delaware and Ohio river basins, a sign that the water may be tainted with chemicals, the U.S. Geological Survey found in research released...

‘Shocking’ underground water loss in U...

Washington (AFP) – A major drought across the western United States has sapped underground water resources, posing a greater threat to the water supply than previously understood, scientists said Thursday. The study involves seven western states — including Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, California, New Mexico and Nevada — in an area known as the Colorado River Basin. Since 2000, the region has seen the...

States With Fracking See Surge In Earthquake Activ...

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes of its wastewater. Fracking generates vast amounts of wastewater, far more than traditional drilling methods. The water is pumped into injection wells, which send the waste thousands...

Neighbors Helping Neighbors to Pay Costs for Solar

A North Carolina solar initiative illustrates one way neighbors are involved in helping reduce solar energy installation expenses.  CARRBORO, N.C. — The sun shines on Carrboro about two out of every three days — an average of 218 days a year. That can mean a lot of free energy, but capturing it with solar panels of course has costs of its own. That’s changing now as a result of lower costs for solar overall, and also...