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Fracking Water Use Skyrockets, Creating 1,440 Perc...

The controversial gas and oil drilling method threatens to exacerbate a looming crisis over water. Fracking companies used 770 percent more water per well in 2016 than in 2011 across all the United States’ major gas- and oil-producing regions, according to a new study. The number of new fracking wells decreased as gas prices fell, but the amount of water used per well skyrocketed, with up to 1,440 percent more toxic...

Researchers reveal scope of damage to Appalachia f...

Between 1985 and 2015, an average of 21,000 acres was converted to bare earth and rubble. Surface coal mining, including mountaintop removal mining, was responsible for the clearing of more than 7 percent of the land in central Appalachia — or an area about three times the size of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park — from the mid-1970s through 2015, according to new research. A total of almost 2,300 square miles of land...

Grassroots: Columbus Could Soon Reclaim Jurisdicti...

A local grassroots campaign to give Columbusites the “legal teeth” to fight air, water and soil pollution has garnered enough support to get on the November ballot. Dubbed the Community Bill of Rights, the ordinance is an amendment to the Ohio State Constitution that would establish local governance over oil and gas activities taking place within the City of Columbus. It’d also enable residents to hold companies liable for...

Radium found in commercial roadway de-icing, dust ...

An Ohio environmental organization is suing to learn more about unhealthy radiation levels in a commercial de-icing and dust suppression liquid made from gas well brine sold in several states, including Pennsylvania. The Buckeye Environmental Network filed suit against the Ohio Department of Natural Resources last week, claiming the agency has illegally denied its request to inspect public records and documents pertaining to...

Pruitt Proposes Weakening EPA’s Power Over W...

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt on Wednesday proposed another way to weaken U.S. environmental regulations protecting the nation’s waterways from pollution. In a memo dated June 26 but released June 27, Pruitt asked the EPA’s Office of Water and Regional Administrators to draft a proposal that would restrict the agency’s ability to revoke permits issued by the U.S. Army Corps of...

Group files suit against ODNR for details about pe...

Columbus, OH. Buckeye Environmental Network (BEN) has filed a lawsuit against the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) for withholding critical public information, violating Ohio law. Under public records law ORC 149.43, Ohio Department of Natural Recourses should have granted, but instead denied, a file review request by the group’s Executive Director of ODNR files on AquaSalina, a product of oil and gas waste. The...

Study Finds Health Threats Posed By Oil And Gas Wa...

STATE IMPACT PENNSYLVANIA – Spreading oil and gas wastewater has been a common and cheap way for municipalities to suppress dust on unpaved roads in parts of Pennsylvania for years. But a new study found the practice — which the state recently ended — could threaten environmental and public health by leaching metals, salts, and radioactive materials into surface or groundwater, nearby soil, and even the air. The study, from...

Coshocton County group opposes company’s effort to...

COSHOCTON — A company operating injection wells in Coshocton County has asked regulators to allow a change in its permitting to accept industrial and other nonhazardous waste fluids instead of just oilfield brine. If Buckeye Brine is successful, it would mark the first time an Ohio Class II injection well was switched to a Class I. Operators say they’ve been pumping oilfield fluids into rock formations deep underground for...

How the energy boom shaped a small town in rural A...

When a fracking company came to a small community in rural Pennsylvania, many people signed the lease that allowed the company to access the natural gas resources on their land. Among them was Stacey Haney, who at that time owned a small farm. Haney saw the lease as a way to support American energy, and like many other people, a way to get some extra money to support life. But money is not the only thing fracking brought to...

Industries Try to Strip Power from Ohio River̵...

Climate advocates worry the move will weaken water standards and keep coal-burning power plants running longer. The river has a coal plant roughly every 38 miles. More than two dozen coal-fired power plants that line the Ohio River stand to get a break from regional oversight that has helped to dramatically improve water quality in the river, the drinking water source for 5 million people. Electric utilities and other...

Ohio diverts money from coal mine cleanup fund as ...

A $5 million transfer from a fund meant to guarantee environmental cleanup of shuttered coal mines in Ohio could prolong reclamation efforts or leave taxpayers on the hook in the event of unexpected closures. Ohio’s Reclamation Forfeiture Fund is paid into by mining companies to make sure money is available to restore land to its natural state if companies abandon their operations. Reclamation includes treating water...

BY MAY 23, OHIO HOUSE COULD VOTE ON HB 393, OIL AN...

HB 393 Fact Sheet Say “NO” to HB393/SB 165, Say “NO” to Oil and Gas Waste on Our Roads Ohio state lawmakers are pushing ahead with Ohio House Bill 393 and Ohio Senate Bill 165 that will allow oil and gas waste, including fracking fluids, to be sold as a “commodity.” These products would be available in stores, and expand the use of hazardous waste as a road deicer by the Ohio Department of Transportation. Oil and gas...

Fracking produces tons of radioactive waste. What ...

The Marcellus Shale has transformed the Appalachian Basin into an energy juggernaut. Even amid a recent drilling slowdown, regional daily production averages enough natural gas to power more than 200,000 U.S. homes for a year. But the rise of hydraulic fracturing over the past decade has created another boom: tons of radioactive materials experts call an “orphan” waste stream. No federal agency fully regulates oil and gas...

On Ohio home-rule rights, here are the lawmakers w...

 Opinion, Editorials, Letters and Columns Regulation of assault weapons isn’t the only home-rule power that the General Assembly yanked from Ohio’s cities and villages. Earlier, in 2004, the legislature denied Ohio’s 900-plus cities and villages any authority over the “permitting, location, and spacing of oil and gas wells.” Roll of shame of Ohio lawmakers who overrode GOP Gov. Taft’s 2006...

Appalachia’s Toxic Dumping Ground

Ohio residents speak out about the state’s influx of fracking waste The abandoned Ginsburg injection well sits exposed to the elements in Athens, Ohio. The community organization Torch CAN DO is campaigning to close and plug the open pit. Photo by Roxanne Groff Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week the trucks stream through eastern Ohio’s rolling landscape along Highway 50. Most come from West Virginia and Pennsylvania....