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Sowing the Seeds of Its Own Demise: The Fossil Fue...

A new study released this month, coinciding with two landmark victories by communities over fossil fuel companies has shown that the social license for companies to dig or drill at will is rapidly eroding, sending warning signals to investors worldwide. Earlier this month, the University of Queensland’s, Harvard Kennedy School CSR initiative released a study suggesting that conflict with local communities is costing...

TransCanada Whistleblower Warns Of Shoddy Pipeline...

Former TransCanada Corp. employee Evan Vokes’ impassioned testimony before a Canadian Senate committee last week painted “a very, very bleak picture of the pipeline industry in Canada, and probably by extension, the States,” according to Sen. Betty Unger. Vokes’ allegations on Thursday against TransCanada, the Canadian company leading the controversial proposal to send tar sands oil from Alberta to...

Rest in peace, Teresa Peters

I got an email from an old friend today, the sort of mass email we send our friends and colleagues to update each other on our lives and goings on. I didn’t make it past the first line, because he opened his missive by mourning the death of Teresa Peters. Teresa was a friend of mine, though we’d lost touch the past couple of years. I knew she had been battling breast cancer, but I didn’t know how gravely ill she was, nor did...

Shale petroleum’s potential and its problems...

Christian Science Monitor – Commentary, The Monitor’s View Americans may not know it but other countries with shale deposits of gas or oil now look to the United States for leadership on two fronts: One, how to best use the techniques of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). And two, how to resolve the competing values of even tapping this abundant source of petroleum. In large part because...

Solar Co-op Installs Third Solar Project

Editor’s Note: I initially titled this “Second Solar Project”. This is really the third installation. I forgot to count the initial project of our solar leader, Jeremy King. What an afternoon!  Ten of us co-opers gathered around 1pm today, removed the lone panel that was put up just to know that it could work, rejiggered the whole structural layout, built six purlins, installed two angle members, torqued...

Solar co-op installs PV panels on Evans’ gar...

The third work day for installing photo-voltaic panels on Tom & Laura Evans’ garage went smoothly. Volunteers had the chance to do many of the tasks required to mount the panels. We all learned, including the teachers. Here are some photos from Debra Hamilton. The Granville Sentinel was present. Watch for the report and pictures this week.     Share...

Free OEC Webinars on Fracking for July 12 and July...

The Facts on Fracking Join us for a two-part discussion of the environmental, human health, and community impacts associated with shale gas drilling and development (fracking). Part 1: July 12 – Fracking Waste Management 11 a.m. – 1  p.m. The first webinar will discuss fracking waste streams including brine, flowback fluid, and drill cuttings and drilling muds. It will include an overview of how these wastes are...

Community solar power system under study

Bryn Mawr site potential host for Granville area endeavor The house at 3758 Lancaster Road, once the site of the Bryn Mawr Restaurant, may soon have banks of solar panels. A group of a dozen people met June 25 in Granville to discuss the project, a community-owned solar power generating system. “This project could serve as a national model for community collaboration, local sustainability and building neighborhood...

Licking County Concerned Citizens arranged for 30 ...

On Monday, June 24, 2013 the Licking County Soil & Water Conservation District guided 30 people down the Licking River. The group was made up of Concerned Citizens for Public Health and Environment and the Licking County Bicycle Club. The float was a pleasant evening after an afternoon thunderstorm. Here are some pictures taken by Aaron Kierns who is author of the book, “Black Hand Gorge: A Journey Thru Time,”...

Resistance in Ohio, Fracking’s Dumping Groun...

The Ohio River valley is lush in the spring. The eastern Ohio River, one of America’s most economically vital waterways, winds through the rolling green foothills of Appalachia as it ambles past small towns and cities in Ohio and West Virginia. The valley has been heavily industrialized for decades. Coal-burning power plants, chemical processing facilities and mills dot the riverside. In 2012, the Ohio River was ranked...

Licking County Fracking Advisory Committee is reti...

TO:   Licking County Fracturing Advisory Committee Members FROM:   Licking County Commissioners Tim Bubb, Duane Flowers and Doug Smith DATE:  May 23, 2013 RE:    Thanks for your service to Licking County First of all ‘thanks’ for serving on the Licking County Fracking Advisory Committee in 2012 and 2013.    Your service to Licking County is very much appreciated! During the past year this special purpose committee met eight...

Training available for Air Quality Monitors, Satur...

On May 6, 2013, at 12:50 PM, Christine Hughes wrote: I don’t know if you heard about the events Athens County Fracking Action Group is helping to host this weekend, including a public presentation by Global Community Monitor Friday evening, and a free full training on Saturday (organic lunch included!) for 20 citizens to learn how to take air quality samples from sites related to the shale drilling industry.  I will...

Keystone XL Pipeline ‘All Risk, No Reward’ State D...

GRAND ISLAND, Nebraska, April 18, 2013 (ENS) – Opponents of TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline packed a State Department public hearing on its latest environmental analysis of the pipeline to warn that it is all risk for the United States, with no reward. More than 1,000 pipeline opponents – far outnumbering supporters – packed a hearing room in Grand Island Wednesday to deliver that message to the State Department...

EPA criticizes State Department on Keystone XL pip...

WASHINGTON, April 23 (UPI) — The U.S.  Environmental Protection Agency said the State Department was shortsighted in  giving the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline a mostly favorable review. At the same time, a former State Department official said he expected  President Barack  Obama would approve the 1,700-mile pipeline system that would transport  petroleum products from Canada and the northern United States to Texas...

The Keystone XL Pipeline and its politics, explain...

With the controversy over the Keystone XL pipeline extension surfacing yet again — opponents will hold a rally Wednesday night in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood, outside a fundraiser President Obama is headlining–we thought we’d clarify a few points about the contentious project. (For more details, read Steven Mufson’s new e-book, “Keystone XL: Down the Line.”) What is the Keystone XL pipeline? The Keystone XL...