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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...

Politics over public health

Once again, politics have been chosen over progress and the results are embarrassing for the State of Ohio. On Aug. 1, Ohio joined in a lawsuit against the EPA along with 12 other states arguing that the recently established rules for new and modified oil and gas operations will negatively affect the bottom line of the industry. The states argue that the regulations are “burdensome and unnecessary.” Do you know what is...

Anti-fracking proposal back on Youngstown ballot f...

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Oil & Gas Threat Map

Ohio 90,313active oil & gas wells, compressors and processors 3.1 MILLIONpeople live in the threat radius 1county exceeds EPA’s cancer risk level of concern 2,588schools are in the threat radius 109medical facilities are in the threat radius 13,697sq. miles are covered by the threat radius Click image to view map. Learn How To use the maps. Are there standards that control methane emitted from existing oil and gas...

Fracking in Johnstown

Dear Friends, Below is a letter I received and I suspect others have as well. I think we should go next Saturday. I will be there. I am sure we should tell others, put it on web site. Hi All,      My name is Kelly Walker and I am with the Columbus Community Bill of Rights—we are gathering signatures to pass a city ordinance that would basically ban fracking and it’s waste products from the city of Columbus, we...

Area residents opposed to NEXUS compressor plan &#...

Crowd packs meeting on proposed Waterville facility A boisterous crowd of nearly 600 packed the Waterville Primary Community Room on Wednesday night for a state environmental hearing on the compressor station NEXUS Gas Transmission wants to build in Waterville Township along Moosman Drive, south of Neapolis Waterville Road. image: http://www.toledoblade.com/image/2016/03/17/300x_b1_cCM_z/n5protestcrowd.jpg Emilie Judy, with...

Advocates form fund to push environmental issues i...

Environmental advocates plan to bring more muscle to the fights in Ohio over clean water, energy standards, coal power plants and other issues where business interests traditionally hold strong political clout. For years, the Ohio Environmental Council has done policy work, legal work and coalition building in the Statehouse, often wrestling well-heeled interests including power companies, the oil and gas industry and other...