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Wind power set to deliver $54m to Ohio’s rural com...

Ohio’s wind power projects are providing millions in annual revenue for the state’s rural communities, according to a new report from the Wind Energy Foundation (WEF). In total, the state’s four utility-scale wind projects in Paulding, Van Wert, and Hardin Counties will have delivered over $54 million in payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) and land lease payments by the end of 2018. Download the new WEF report here. “This new...

Ohio’s energy future: No time to waste

For years Ohio’s lack of a comprehensive, long-term energy policy has harmed our economy and our health by continuing our reliance on burning coal for electricity. Now we finally have a chance to move forward. During a 2-year legislative “freeze” on our energy efficiency and renewable energy progress, utility companies gamed the system, demanding that customers subsidize their old, outdated coal and nuclear plants, instead...

Ohio EPA Reports New Rover Pipeline Spill To Feder...

Nearly 150,000 gallons of drilling fluid was “lost down a hole” beneath the Tuscarawas River in southwestern Stark County. That’s the same site where more than 2 million gallons of the fluid – mixed with diesel – leaked last April and turned up in a wetland. Horizontal drilling to lay the pipe beneath highways and rivers was suspended then but allowed to resume in December. The pipeline owner, Energy Transfer Partners, has...

Toward a New Ohio – Questions Every Candidat...

In fall 2018, Ohioans will elect a new governor. For only the second time in the past 16 years, an incumbent governor will not be on the ballot. The new governor and the voters who elect her or him will need to grapple with challenges to Ohio’s future, many of which are rooted in the state’s past. This three-article series aims to help inform the gubernatorial candidates and Ohio voters on important policy choices and...

Ohio’s hostility to renewable energy makes the sta...

Decades in the making. That’s how Columbus achieving recognition as a leading candidate on the Amazon HQ2 shortlist should be seen. Unlike most of the remaining competition, the Columbus metropolitan area threads the needle on virtually every quality of life indicator, mostly by design. High-achieving schools, housing stock with reasonable prices, and direct access to institutions of higher education, exemplary medical care...

As climate shifts, Cincinnati mayor boosts solar i...

With extreme weather events becoming more common, the city is ramping up its investments in solar and its mitigation efforts. Cincinnati may seem an unlikely location for the nation’s largest city-owned solar array. But when Mayor John Cranley announced last year that he intended to create just that, the plan was in many ways a natural fit. Over the past decade, the Ohio city has taken increasingly aggressive steps to...

Methane explosions trigger questions about greenho...

Natural gas burns cleaner, but two recent explosions in Ohio show how accidental and “fugitive” emissions compromise some climate benefits. An explosion at a well pad in eastern Ohio last month forced nearby residents to evacuate for three weeks while crews worked to cap a gas leak. Just two weeks earlier, a gas pipeline in an adjacent county ruptured and caused several fires. The incidents illustrated a risk related to...

XTO Well in Powhatan Point Capped After 20 Days

POWHATAN POINT — After weeks of work through inclement weather and the evacuation of 30 households following a well pad explosion Feb. 15, XTO Energy announced Wednesday that the well was successfully capped. In order to make the site safe for workers to plug the leak, XTO “flared,” or burned off excess gas, at the site. The mostly methane gas was directed to an excavated containment area and ignited. The gas burned through...

Editorial: No Ohio future seen for coal

There’s not much future in coal, even in Ohio. Even though coal still plays a prominent role in the imagination and politics of southeastern Ohio, it’s an ever-shrinking part of our economy. Some politicians profit by selling the false narrative of a “war on coal,” promising a comeback in mining jobs by relaxing or rolling back environmental laws. The hard truth, however, is that coal has been on the decline for decades. And...

Fracking’s Freshwater Supply and Demand in Eastern...

 Water is the key ingredient in the hydraulic fracturing process, and its usage – in total and per well – is increasing at an exponential rate. Below, FracTracker takes a look at water withdrawal and use for fracking across 23 Eastern Ohio counties between 2010 and 2016. Mapping Hydraulic Fracturing Freshwater Supply and Demand in Ohio Below is a map of annual and cumulative water withdrawal volumes by the hydraulic...

XTO Methane Leak from Deep Shale Well in Powhatan,...

XTO Energy spokeswoman Karen Matusic said officials are still unsure what caused the Schnegg well near Captina Creek to explode nearly one week ago. With several residents still displaced, unknown quantities of methane gas continue to leak into the air. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that methane “absorbs much more energy than (carbon dioxide).” Nevertheless, Matusic said officials are working as quickly as...

Protest Challenges New Fracking Leases Threatening...

For Immediate Release, February 21, 2018 Contacts: David Miller, Ohio Environmental Council, (614) 487-7506, DMiller@theOEC.org Becca Pollard, Keep Wayne Wild, (503) 756-2598, keepwaynewild@gmail.com Heather Cantino, Athens County Fracking Action Network, (740) 591-6632, heather.cantino@gmail.com Tabitha Tripp, Heartwood, (812) 307-4326, info@heartwood.org Roxanne Groff, Buckeye Environmental Network,...

Q&A: Watchdog group investigates Ohio wind en...

Ohio state Rep. Bill Seitz, seen in this 2011 photo, “has arguably done more to block the growth of clean energy jobs in Ohio than anyone else in the state” according to the Checks and Balances Project. A Washington-area watchdog group wants to know what’s behind an Ohio lawmaker’s opposition to wind energy projects. The Checks and Balances Project is scrutinizing Ohio Rep. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati), one of the...

A new brand of Republicans: The rise of conservati...

Sarah Spence is a Republican through and through. Her dad taught her how to shoot a gun when she was around 14. As a teenager, she baby-sat for the children of conservative candidates for the Ohio House. President Donald Trump won more than 75 percent of the vote where she’s from: Oak Hill, a southern Ohio coal- and brick-producing village with a population of 1,551. “When I left, my parents said, ‘Please...

We Are Drowning In Plastic, and Fracking Companies...

We are choking the planet in plastic. Everything from wasteful water bottles to grocery shopping bags are polluting our waterways, and endangering marine life and the natural environment. It’s fair to say that even the most casual news consumer has probably encountered a Facebook post, TV report or radio segment about the garbage patches in the Pacific Ocean. But what’s less well-known is what is fueling this...