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Fracking Giant Sues Dimock Resident for $5M for Sp...

Ever since the dangerous consequences of natural gas extraction via hydraulic fracturing—popularly known as “fracking“—entered the national consciousness, the small town of Dimock, Pennsylvania has arguably been “ground zero” for water contamination caused by the controversial practice. Now Cabot Oil & Gas, the massive energy company responsible for numerous fracking wells near Dimock, is suing...

Protest Challenges Fracking Plan for Ohio’s Only N...

  For Immediate Release, August 1, 2017 Contact: Taylor McKinnon, Center for Biological Diversity, (801) 300-2414, tmckinnon@biologicaldiversity.org Nathan Johnson, Ohio Environmental Council, (614) 487-5841, NJohnson@theOEC.org Jen Miller, Sierra Club Ohio Chapter, (614) 461-0734 x 300 jen.miller@sierraclub.org Tabitha Tripp, Heartwood, (812) 307-4326, info@heartwood.org Protest Challenges Fracking Plan for Ohio’s Only...

Wayne National Forest Could Be Deforested – Again...

Eighty years ago, Southeastern Ohio was a wasteland of barren, eroding hills. During the 18th and 19th centuries this once heavily forested area in the Appalachian foothills had been clear cut and mined beyond recognition. When the Great Depression struck, lowering crop prices made farming unprofitable in the area, and 40% of the population moved away. In 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt established the Civilian...

Ten Funds With a Conscience

Investing for good can also be a good investment. A number of the mutual funds that take environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) into account when making investing decisions have proven to be stellar performers. Two of our top 10 ESG funds—selected using a formula that takes 1, 3 and 5-year total returns into account—beat the S&P 500 over all three periods. Investors are taking notice: Investments in these...

Like Exxon, Utilities Knew about Climate Change Ri...

A study issued Tuesday by an energy watchdog group offers important new insights into the fossil fuel industry’s extensive early understanding of climate change and the risks it poses. This time, it’s the electric utility sector that’s under the microscope. The detailed study, backed up by reams of archival documents, was issued by the Energy and Policy Institute, an environmental advocacy and research...

Natural gas building boom fuels climate worries, e...

They landed, one after another, in 2015: plans for nearly a dozen interstate pipelines to move natural gas beneath rivers, mountains and people’s yards. Like spokes on a wheel, they’d spread from Appalachia to markets in every direction. Together these new and expanded pipelines — comprising 2,500 miles of steel in all — would double the amount of gas that could flow out of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. The cheap...

State criticized for shifting millions from oil-an...

With three legislators objecting to the “raid,” a state board on Monday approved appropriating $15 million from an oil-and-gas fund designated by law to protect Ohioans and the environment, to be used to pay a settlement of an unrelated lawsuit. The Controlling Board voted 4-3 to remove the money from the fund, which is used in part to seal “orphan” natural-gas and oil wells, to fund a settlement with landowners near Grand...

Shrinking greenhouse gas emissions is all about ec...

WEC Energy Group Inc. president and CEO Allen Leverett enjoys reading biographies of America’s “conservationist president” Theodore Roosevelt, but it’s not environmentalism that’s igniting Leverett’s drive to reduce his company’s greenhouse gas emissions. For Leverett, the even-keeled CEO of Wisconsin’s largest electric utility, it’s all about economics — not ecology. And definitely not politics. Specifically, what Leverett...

Ohio EPA: Rover Pipeline refusing to comply

MANSFIELD – The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has asked the company installing the Rover Pipeline to be respectful of the environment, but it has ignored such requests. The state of Ohio intends to change that. During a Monday conference call with media, Craig Butler, the director of the Ohio EPA, said the Ohio EPA has issued a unilateral order to Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company of Rover Pipeline,...

Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of greenhou...

The most polluting investor-owned companies on the list are ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Chevron Just 100 companies are responsible for more than 70 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions over the last three decades, new research has revealed. The Carbon Majors Report, from the Carbon Disclosure Project, found that just 25 of those companies are the source of more than half of greenhouse gas emissions since 1988 – the year...

Al Franken’s devastating strategy for taking on Tr...

Knowledge of climate science plus mastery of storytelling is a rare combination. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has emerged as one of Congress’ most devastating questioners of the myriad climate science deniers who fill President Donald Trump’s cabinet. And it’s largely because the comedian turned Senator combines two abilities rarely seen together — actual knowledge of climate science and genuine communications chops. Franken knows...

EPA halts Obama-era methane emissions rule for oil...

Delay will increase health risks for residents who live near industry facilities, groups say. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt ordered his agency halt and reconsider portions of a methane rule issued by the Obama administration in 2016. CREDIT: AP Photo/Susan Walsh The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency ordered a halt on Wednesday to an Obama-era rule created to reduce methane leaks from new and modified...

Rover Pipeline faces more environmental scrutiny &...

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it found diesel fuel in the drilling mud Rover Pipeline builders spilled in a local wetland in April. With the discovery, the state EPA raised the proposed penalty against Rover to $914,000 and ordered the pipeline company to monitor groundwater around the spill area and near a quarry where workers have been disposing drilling mud in pits. The quarry is near a well owned...

Surge In Hydraulic Fracturing Drives Water Managem...

A new wave of drilling activity in the hydraulic fracturing sector has kick-started demand for water management solutions in a sector that was lagging less than a year ago. With a rebound in drilling activity underway, energy company spend on U.S. water management is forecasted to rise 47% by the end of 2017, according to Bluefield Research’s new Market Insight, Water for U.S. Hydraulic Fracturing Market: Competitive...

Another Fracking Time Bomb Lurks Beneath U.S.

You’ve heard about the earthquakes, the controversial claims of flammable tap water, the potential contamination of streams, lakes and drinking water aquifers, but the system that’s supposed to pay for these calamities may itself be a pending disaster. Most states protect taxpayers from cleanup costs by requiring oil and gas producers to buy a surety bond that will pay in the event of a disaster. But those bond...