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Ohio agency wants troubled Rover Pipeline to pay $...

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is once again squaring off with Rover Pipeline LLC officials. On Wednesday, the state agency asked the Ohio attorney general’s office to hold pipeline officials financially responsible for $2.3 million in fines related to numerous environmental violations which have occurred during the $4.2 billion underground natural gas pipeline’s construction. Rover’s parent company is Dallas-based...

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...

Fledgling Company Awaits Approval for Fracking Was...

A fledgling company, Epiphany Water Solutions (Pittsburgh, Pa.), has obtained a lease to build a fracking wastewater treatment plant along the headwaters of the Allegheny River in Coudersport, Pa. Epiphany has proposed to install an untested distillation process, the first of its kind to be constructed, to take fracking wastewater — a.k.a. ‘flowback, produced water, or brine’ — and produce clean water. That clean water will...

Federal Appeals Court Affirms Decision Striking Do...

On August 30, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a district court’s decision striking down a Fayette County, WV ordinance prohibiting wastewater injection.  EQT Production Company challenged the ordinance—which restricted “storage, treatment, injection, process or permanent disposal” of wastewater within the county, including specifically, the use of injection wells for permanent...

Trump Kills Mountaintop Removal Health Impact Stud...

The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine said in a statement the Interior Department has directed it to cease its study on the potential health risks for people living near surface coal mines in Central Appalachia. The Interior Department, which committed more than $1 million to the study last year, has begun an agency-wide review of grants over $100,000 because of the “Department’s changing...

Is Sam Clovis a Scientist? A Racist? 9 Questions t...

Things are not going so well for President Trump’s nominee for the position of under secretary for research, education, and economics (REE) at the US Department of Agriculture. This job has responsibility for scientific integrity at the USDA, as well as oversight of the department’s various research arms and multi-billion dollar annual investments in agricultural research and education that are essential to farmers and...

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...

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...

Experts slam Trump administration’s flawed analysi...

“Everything about this repeal is bogus and slapdash.” The economic analysis that the Trump administration is using to support its repeal of an Obama-era water pollution rule has serious flaws, economists and regulatory experts told Bloomberg BNA. And legal experts told ThinkProgress that relying on a flawed economic analysis could open the Trump administration up to serious legal problems down the road. Economists warned...

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...

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,...

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...

Taxpayers Charged $7 Billion a Year to Subsidize F...

The federal government is providing extensive support for fossil fuel production on public lands and waters offshore, through a combination of direct subsidies, enforcement loopholes, lax royalty collection, stagnant lease rates and other advantages to the industry, a report released Wednesday found. The government is contributing at least $7 billion per year in subsidies to support fossil fuel production on federally held...

Ohio pipeline spill raises broader questions about...

    This image distributed by the Ohio EPA shows the site of an April incident involving the Rover Pipeline. Ohio pipeline spill raises broader questions about oversight Written By  Kathiann M. Kowalski May 12, 2017 Midwest Energy News | 2017-05-12T06:01:00+00:00 Releases of more than two million gallons of drilling mud triggered federal and state agency actions against the developer of Ohio’s Rover Pipeline this month, and...

Feds Halt New Drilling on Rover Pipeline After Mas...

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) halted new drilling Wednesday on the Rover Pipeline until it addresses its 2 million gallon spill of drilling fluids into Ohio wetlands. The decision was made just days after the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) slapped parent company Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) with a $431,000 fine over numerous water and air pollution violations along the route of the $4.2...