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Promise of Cracker Plants Comes Up Short, Group Wa...

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A group of economists and engineers from seven universities in Ohio and Pennsylvania, including John Russo, have published a letter sent to the governors of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia warning that the projected impact of the petrochemical industry won’t be as great as initially thought. The letter follows a recent report by Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis stating the Royal...

U.S. Ranks 24th in New Environmental Performance I...

President Trump‘s claim that the U.S. has the cleanest air and water in the world has been widely refuted by statistics showing harmful levels of pollution. Now, a new biannual ranking released by researchers at Yale and Columbia finds that the U.S. is nowhere near the top in environmental performance, according to The Guardian. Not only is the U.S. not in the top 10, it’s not in the top 20. It ranks 24th in the...

Clean Water Act Rollback: Trump’s EPA Limits...

The Trump administration has finalized a rule making it harder for states and tribal communities to block pipelines and other infrastructure projects that threaten waterways. The change concerns Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, which essentially gives states and tribes veto power over projects that would hurt their water quality, The Hill explained. The changes, announced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...

Did The Plastics Boom End Before It Even Started?

Three years ago, the UN declared plastic pollution a global crisis, more than three decades after the discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch–a collection of marine debris 2x the size of Texas. The Year 2020 was supposed to be a watershed moment for the plastic industry after dozens of state and local policymakers planned to make the ultimate shift away from plastics. They clearly underestimated the sheer tenacity...

US Supreme Court Decides Clean Water Act Applies T...

The Clean Water Act of 1972 was intended to do exactly what the name implies — protect the waters of the United States from pollution. Since the beginning, it was controversial. Precisely what waters were included? It obviously applies to the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River, but what about that pond on the back 40 of a farm in Kansas? US Aquifers. Credit: USGS Over the years, state and federal courts have plumbed the...

Study tries to untangle shale gas and coal impacts...

The Yale team conducts water sampling in eastern Ohio. The Yale University project could help residents know where to point a finger when well water becomes contaminated. Rob Reed is happy to have clean well water at his family’s Monroe County, Ohio, fruit farm. But in a region rife with fossil fuel extraction, worries about contamination loom. “It seems like eastern Ohio is always under assault from some entity or another,...

Army Corps Abruptly Rescinds Its Position on Seism...

Agency Removes Clean Water Act Protections for National Preserve in Everglades NAPLES, Fla.— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reversed its own recent determination finding that the Texas-based Burnett Oil Company damaged “high quality wet prairie and dwarf cypress” wetlands in the Big Cypress National Preserve, degrading a water of the United States. This damage resulted from the oil company’s first phase of seismic testing...

Ohio House OKs use of oil and gas brine for road d...

COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Ohio House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation allowing brine from vertical oil and gas drilling to be used for road de-icing, despite concerns that the salty liquid contains dangerous and radioactive chemicals. House Bill 393, which heads to the Senate after passing the House 52-31, is touted by supporters as a way to promote the use of a product that is a safer and less corrosive...

Nature Scores a Big Win Against Fracking in a Smal...

After a seven-year battle, Grant Township fought off a permit for an injection well. “Fights like ours should mushroom all around Pennsylvania,” says tAn unlikely crew of environmentalists who took on the powerful Pennsylvania fracking industry in a David vs. Goliath battle to keep an injection well out of their community have notched an important victory in their fight. Using a novel strategy — seeking legal rights for...

Judge Orders Full Environmental Review of Dakota A...

Nearly four years after massive protests drew worldwide attention to the struggle of indigenous peoples to protect their land from fossil fuel projects, a federal judge has ordered a full environmental review of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Wednesday’s ruling is a long-deferred victory for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, who have been concerned the pipeline will leak where it runs below the Missouri...

Ohio Officials Know How to Stop Lake Erie from Tur...

Voluntary Measures Lake Erie turns toxic every summer. Officials aren’t cracking down on the source. Get your daily dose of good news from Grist Subscribe to The Beacon This story was published in partnership with the Center for Public Integrity and The World. It was sunny and 82 degrees, a perfect August day for a trip to the public beach just outside Toledo. But hardly anyone was here. And no one was swimming. “DANGER,”...

A Chance for More Transparency on Oil and Gas Prod...

Today I had the opportunity to testify to Congress on an important bill, The Transparency in Energy Production Act of 2020, that would require energy companies that lease federal land to disclose more about their social and environmental impact. This is an important idea that I have been advocating for over many years and several reports.  My full written testimony is here, and the oral testimony I delivered today is below....

A Dangerous Secret That Could End Fracking

Investigative Journalists Justin Nobel and Joshua Pribanic come together in this explosive podcast to discuss one of the hottest topics to come out of fossil fuels. The idea of “safe” fracking transformed oil and gas in America for the 21st century and helped create a worldwide resurgence for an otherwise dying industry. But as we hear in this episode of newsCOUP, a dangerous secret protected by regulators threatens the...

Governor Cuomo announces permanent ban on hydrofra...

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that he will incorporate legislation in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Executive Budget permanently banning fracking in New York. Cuomo stated that the temporary ban that is currently in place has not only been prudent, it has also proved that there are cleaner and more sustainable alternative energy options available, which can help to fuel the economy. The legislation would disallow the...

ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources – Gui...

Ice & Dust Control Brine Brine is a saline by-product generated during oil and gas well drilling, completion and production operations. The spreading of oil-field brine is a legal, cost-effective, and efficient way to control dust and ice problems on local roads and private property in Ohio. Ohio’s UIC Program regulates the hauling and spreading of oil-field brine while local authorities, such as the County Commissioners...