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Fracking in Ohio: State law gives energy companies...

Deciding what happens on private property might seem like a basic right. But when it comes to fracking, Ohio and other oil and gas-producing states have laws that can force landowners to lease their underground mineral rights to energy companies. That’s what happened to Patrick Hunkler and his wife, Jean Backs. It began in 2010, when a landman for an energy company knocked on their door. Hunkler didn’t know much about...

Wind Farms Providing Millions For Paulding County,...

PAULDING, Ohio – It’s one of the smallest counties by population in Ohio. The county is home to three wind farms and 188 wind turbines. Paulding County has seen $1 billion in capital investment in the last five years School districts some of the biggest benefactors The mostly rural farmland of Paulding County is home to around 20,000 people. Paulding, the county seat, has just 3,500 people. But dotting the landscape...

Utilities gave $320K to Ohio House members who vot...

Members of the Ohio House who voted in favor of a bill to bail out uncompetitive coal and nuclear power plants received over $320,000 in campaign money from four utilities that will benefit financially from the bill’s passage. American Electric Power (AEP), Dayton Power & Light (and it’s parent company AES Corporation), Duke Energy, and FirstEnergy Corp.’s PACs have targeted Ohio with nearly $1.65 million in campaign...

State should not bail out old nuclear power plants

Vindicator Editorial: June 24, 2019 at 12:00a.m. State should not bail out old nuclear power plants www.vindy.com First Energy Solutions, which expects the state of Ohio to save its financially ailing Perry and Davis-Besse nuclear power plants, has perpetrated an advertising hoax that should be widely condemned. By now, Mahoning Valley residents will have seen the television commercial that features individuals who tell sob...

Former Shale Gas CEO Says Fracking Revolution Has ...

Steve Schlotterbeck, who led drilling company EQT as it expanded to become the nation’s largest producer of natural gas in 2017, arrived at a petrochemical industry conference in Pittsburgh Friday morning with a blunt message about shale gas drilling and fracking. “The shale gas revolution has frankly been an unmitigated disaster for any buy-and-hold investor in the shale gas industry with very few limited exceptions,”...

Research links fracking to higher radon levels in ...

Map showing the distribution of 1,162 fracking wells in Ohio. Credit: The University of Toledo A new study at The University of Toledo connects the proximity of fracking to higher household concentrations of radon gas, the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. Measuring and geocoding data from 118,421 homes across all 88 counties in Ohio between 2007 and 2014, scientists found that closer distance to the 1,162...

State and local governments seeking climate change...

Government bodies at all levels have a wide range of choices available for addressing climate change.   A March 2019 five-part series addressed actions individual people can take to reduce their carbon footprint on the road, in and around their homes, and in their diets. That series raised the obvious question of whether individual actions on their own can be adequate to help society confront the climate challenges we...

Bexley council approves ban on single-use plastics

In a 6-1 vote May 29, Bexley City Council approved a ban on single-use plastic bags that is scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020. Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler said Ordinance 14-19 is designed to protect the environment from plastics that are not biodegradable. “It was discussed at length in a consensus-building process with a multitude of Bexley businesses, which included Giant Eagle Market District,” Kessler said of the...

Ohio’s Nuclear Bailout Plan Balloons to Embrace Co...

It’s a trifecta the Trump administration has pushed for nationally, with businesses and homeowners footing the bill for uneconomical power plants. While other states are embracing renewable energy, Ohio is heading in the opposite direction. A bill passed this week by the Ohio House would subsidize nuclear and coal power while cutting state support for renewable energy and energy efficiency, with the utilities’...

A bad nuclear bailout bill in Ohio is now a whole ...

It’s hard to parse what Ohio legislative leaders were thinking when they exposed their “Ohio Clean Air” nuclear bailout bill for what it really is — a blatant giveaway to nuclear and coal interests. Last week, a House committee discarded green-energy provisions from House Bill 6. That doubled down on the Ohio ratepayer energy subsidies that would go primarily to benefit the Perry and Davis-Besse nuclear plants. And...

As Ohio Valley Ponders Plastics Growth, Report War...

As a new plastics industry emerges in the Ohio Valley, a report by environmental groups warns that the expansion of plastics threatens the world’s ability to keep climate change at bay. The report released Wednesday by the Center for International Environmental Law, Environmental Integrity Project, FracTracker Alliance, and others used publicly available emissions data and original research to measure greenhouse gas...

House Committee Passes Energy Bill Bailing Out Nuc...

Opponents are outraged over changes made to the so-called “clean air” bill approved by a House committee. The legislation subsidizes nuclear and coal plants, repeals required support for renewable energy and strips the ability for wind and solar to receive credits. House Democrats say it’s obvious Republican leaders are turning their backs on the renewables industry. Rep. Casey Weinstein (D-Hudson) says carving wind and...

Ohio’s Renewable Energy Future Deserves Better

What is the right path to Ohio renewable energy development? As time begins to run out for the controversial energy legislation (HB 6), both sides of aisle are spending significant time debating the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy standards. On one side, there is fierce opposition to “mandates” with a seeming blindness to anything beyond this philosophical starting point. On the other side, there is broad...

Ohio approves two huge solar projects

Ohio Power Siting Board has approved 470 MWac of solar and 60 MWac of batteries in two separate projects, as another confirmation of the coming boom in the state and the Midwest. The Midwest is getting ready for a major boom in large-scale solar, as evidenced by the activity in interconnection queues of the region’s grid operators. Today, two more very large solar projects got the green light by the state of Ohio, which is...

I oversaw the U.S. nuclear power industry. Now I t...

The danger from climate change no longer outweighs the risks of nuclear accidents. Nuclear power was supposed to save the planet. The plants that used this technology could produce enormous amounts of electricity without the pollution caused by burning coal, oil or natural gas, which would help slow the catastrophic changes humans have forced on the Earth’s climate. As a physicist who studied esoteric properties of subatomic...