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Far away from any witnesses, my small town is bein...

In a tiny south-eastern Ohio town in the Appalachian foothills, the Hazel Ginsburg Well is holding waste  from out-of-state fracking operations – a sludge of toxic chemicals and undrinkable water Some days, the air would smell acrid, sharp like bleach, and I would hurry from the car into the house. Other days, the wind seemed normal, unremarkable. I didn’t know why. My south-eastern Ohio town in the Appalachian foothills is...

What Changes if Climate Changes? – in Ohio

From the panel discussion and audience questions: What can we expect in Ohio? As the atmosphere gets warmer it holds exponentially more water vapor. This will result in more intense rain and increased dry spells. Food production will be more difficult and food security will be more challenging. Air quality will change increasing difficulties for people with asthma and respiratory diseases. It will also have psychological...

Why Plan? Articles by Jurgen Pape – January ...

Why Plan? February 2017 This is a continuation of my previous editorials from several years ago, then called “Why Plan?” My emphasis now is on the environment. Mahatma Gandhi made many profound statements. One can be applied to the environment: “The future depends on what we do today!” Since water is crucial to everyone (more so than oil), the use or mis-use of it is becoming more of a major factor. Already wars have been...

Defend Our Mother Earth: OH vs PA

Defend Our Mother Earth: OH vs PA This Mother’s Day, activists battle on the border of Ohio and Pennsylvania to defend Mother Earth! Ohioans are sick of being the dumping ground for the radioactive toxic wastewater that comes from hydraulic fracturing of natural gas wells in Pennsylvania. Likewise, Pennsylvanians don’t want nasty drilling waste in their backyards either! Activists will butt heads this Mother’s Day, as...

Local attorney blasts Spectra Energy over fault li...

 Calls apparent oversight of Bowling Green Fault line ‘an astonishing screw-up’ A local attorney known for defending activists today called Houston-based Spectra Energy’s apparent oversight of the Bowling Green Fault line “an astonishing screw-up” that could help his cause and complicate company efforts to build its proposed $2 billion NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline through northwest Ohio. Flanked by about 50...

Local group hopes to keep fracking away from Colum...

COLUMBUS (WCMH)— Local organization Columbus Community Bill of Rights is hoping to garner enough signatures for a ballot initiative in time for the November 2017 election that would prevent the effects of fracking from ever reaching the Columbus area. The group wants to ensure that no fracking or wastewater injection wells are ever a consideration in Columbus. They point to 13 injection well in Morrow County—among 200...

Protesters rally against Nexus pipeline, compresso...

About 30 people opposed to the proposed NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline through several Ohio counties and a compressor station in Guilford Township rally Saturday morning at 175 Great Oaks Trail in Wadsworth. LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE The citizens group Sustainable Medina County is focusing its latest move against construction of the NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline on making residents aware of a compressor station to be...

Faith leaders reframe climate change as moral issu...

View Slideshow Priests, pastors and ministers nationwide are spreading the gospel of climate change — as are imams and rabbis. In recent years, faith-based advocacy has emerged as a powerful tool in the environmental movement. By reframing climate change and sustainability as moral issues, religious leaders hope to advance environmentalism by elevating it above the political fray. “I believe that all religions, all faiths...

Ohio communities could be banned from voting again...

Ohio communities that try to ban fracking with a citizen referendum would no longer be able to do so under legislation awaiting Gov. John Kasich’s signature, although it may not hold up to legal challenges. Inside a bill that started out addressing foreclosures and expanded to increasing coverage for people with autism is a small portion with big implications for some local communities. The amendment would allow boards of...

LICKING COUNTY LOCAL GREEN NEWSLETTER

  This is the first issue of the Licking County Local Green Newsletter. You are receiving this because you attended the 2014 Solar Conference. A Licking County Local Green Newsletter These are both important and exciting times in the field of sustainability and renewable energy and this is meant to be a report from the local front line where so much is being done. A short eight years ago the question was, “Will solar...

Ohio GOP voters support green energy, efficiency p...

Ohio GOP voters support green energy, efficiency programs and customer choice COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio’s Republican voters and conservative independents are greener than state politicians might have believed. They strongly support green energy and want to see more of it in Ohio, a new poll of only Republican and conservative independents has determined. also found that: 82 percent of these conservative voters want...

Coalition again calls on city residents to vote no...

YOUNGSTOWN A group of business, labor, political and religious leaders is again calling for Youngstown residents to vote against the so-called “Community Bill of Rights” charter-amendment proposal – and not just because of its fracking ban. Members of the Mahoning Valley Coalition for Job Growth said at a Tuesday news conference at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 377 at 1223 Teamsters Drive that the ballot...

Ohio Supreme Court derails efforts to put anti-fra...

The Ohio Supreme Court this week said it will not force a proposed 2016 charter initiative to be placed on the Nov. 8 ballot in Meigs County. The ruling, a 6-1 majority, affects a measure seeking to prohibit the disposal of fracking waste, as well as ban the use of water for the fracking process of oil and gas drilling. The decision also impacts similar initiatives in Portage and Athens counties. Supporters of the 2016...

Concerns in Vienna, Ohio center around possible in...

VIENNA TWP., Ohio – Concerns and questions surround a request to begin using an injection well site near the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. KTCA Holdings, LLC recently asked the Ohio Department of Natural Resources if it could operate an injection well off of Route 193 at the same location where Kleese Development Associates installed a drilling rig. KTCA Holdings purchased the site from KDA in 2015. An order for...

Ohio Residents Clash With State and County Governm...

For years, local Ohioans have been told by courts and elected officials that they have no control over fracking — “it is a matter of state law.” However, groups of determined residents are refusing to accept this argument, taking steps to establish local democratic control over what they see as vital societal questions of health, safety, and planetary survival. But not without resistance from their own governments. In recent...