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On the Blogs: Ohio’s Fight Against Wind Turbines I...

American Wind Energy Association: For years, Ohio has largely missed out on economic development opportunities from the U.S. wind industry. Currently, Ohio contains just three utility-scale wind projects, significantly less than neighboring states. As a result, Ohio wind projects represent just $1.1 billion of capital investments, significantly lagging neighboring states. In comparison, the U.S. wind industry has invested...

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...

Report claims Ohio one of worst states for water q...

Nearly one in four Americans — 77 million people in the U.S. — are drinking water that comes from untested or contaminated systems, and Ohio ranks as one of the worst states for offenses. A new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council found that there were nearly 80,000 violations impacting every state in the U.S. in 2015, but consequences were few and far between due to a lack of under-reporting and lax enforcement...

Questions linger decades after River Valley cleanu...

MARION — Twenty-some years ago, parents in the River Valley School District became alarmed at the statistically high number of cancer patients there, many of them current or former students. Their fears grabbed the attention of public health officials, who began studies to determine the cause. Despite years of investigation, no scientific link ever was made between the illnesses and the tons of toxic sludge buried beneath...

Report: Expanded efficiency opt-out could cost Ohi...

An expansion of the opt-out provisions for Ohio’s energy efficiency standard will likely lead to more than $6 billion in added energy and health costs over the next decade, according to a new report from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. ACEEE issued its analysis Wednesday morning, shortly before state representative Lou Blessing (R-Colerain Township) was due to provide sponsor testimony to an Ohio Senate...

What you need to know about the Ohio legislature’s...

 As you read this article, a debate about the future of public lands in this country is taking place. Who wins this debate will determine whether or not the natural places that make our nation and state special are here for future generations to enjoy. While unprecedented attacks on national parks and forests are happening in our nation’s capital, threats to public lands don’t stop at the federal level. Ohio’s state parks...

Climate Science Meets a Stubborn Obstacle: Student...

WELLSTON, Ohio — To Gwen Beatty, a junior at the high school in this proud, struggling, Trump-supporting town, the new science teacher’s lessons on climate change seemed explicitly designed to provoke her. So she provoked him back. When the teacher, James Sutter, ascribed the recent warming of the Earth to heat-trapping gases released by burning fossil fuels like the coal her father had once mined, she asserted that it could...

American Electric Power CEO Gives Trump Advice on ...

The CEO of one of America’s largest electric utilities companies has some advice for President Trump ahead of his decision on whether to pull out of the landmark Paris climate treaty. “Work with the world community. Focus on the solutions that are in front of us,” says Nick Akins, the head of American Electric Power (aep, +0.64%). “It is imperative for us to continue to stay focused on what the prize is. And that’s that...

House votes to undo pesticide protections for nati...

Pesticides and other pollutants that run off into waterways are killing salmon in Seattle’s Longfellow Creek. CREDIT: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson House votes to undo pesticide protections for nation’s waterways Opponents say Republican-led bill takes away the public’s right to know about pesticides. ThinkProgress | The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass a bill that dismantles a pesticide permitting system....

Critics say Ohio utility’s proposed fixed charge i...

Proposed rate changes for American Electric Power’s Ohio utility customers could unduly burden the grid by discouraging energy efficiency and distributed generation, according to critics. At issue is AEP’s proposal to increase fixed charges for its Ohio utility customers by more than twice the current rate—from $8.40 per month to $18.40 per month by 2018. An evidentiary hearing in the case is currently set to start on June...

Anti-wind bill costs Ohio schools hundreds of thou...

Wind turbines. CREDIT: Pexels Anti-wind bill costs Ohio schools hundreds of thousands of dollars New setback rules killed revenue from wind farms that would have gone directly to districts. ThinkProgress | By Emily Sanders Superintendent Ken Amstutz dreamed of propelling his rural Ohio school district into a high-tech future with nearly a million dollars in annual revenue from a single wind farm set to go online this year....

Mill Creek MetroParks wants exemption from state b...

YOUNGSTOWN Mill Creek MetroParks has joined with other park districts across the state in opposing a provision in the proposed state budget that pertains to oil and gas drilling. House Bill 49, which passed the Ohio House of Representatives and is now going through Senate committees, allows public entities such as park districts to be placed in an oil and gas “unit,” which joins together a combination of land tracts for the...

Climate report predicts dramatic changes for Ohio ...

Climate report predicts dramatic changes for Ohio River basin Don Hopey Pittsburgh Post-Gazette dhopey@post-gazette.com 12:00 AM May 15, 2017 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | A soon-to-be-released federal report on climate change for the Ohio River basin predicts accelerating temperature increases over the next 80 years, coupled with significant and dramatic precipitation changes in the eastern and western portions of the...

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...