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Eco-group working to make invisible air pollution from Ohio’s Utica Shale visible to everyone

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BARNESVILLE — Peter Dronkers of Earthworks makes invisible air pollution from shale drilling visible to everyone. The viewfinder of Dronkers’ special infrared gas-recording camera shows billowing clouds or wispy leaks. What appears in the videos as wind-blown plumes of smoke are really pollutants that are invisible to the naked eye. Earthworks, a national environmental group based in Washington, D.C., quietly ...

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Invenergy experts grilled on power plant pollution

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JESSUP — Citizens grilled Invenergy experts Monday on just how much pollution the company’s proposed plant will produce and how it will affect the town. The panel, which included a meteorologist, an epidemiologist and a sound expert, assembled to explain the specifics on the Chicago-based company’s 1,500-megawatt, natural-gas-fired power plant to borough council members during a five-hour hearing on the ...

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Eco-group working to make invisible air pollution from Ohio’s Utica Shale visible to everyone

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BARNESVILLE — Peter Dronkers of Earthworks makes invisible air pollution from shale drilling visible to everyone. The viewfinder of Dronkers’ special infrared gas-recording camera shows billowing clouds or wispy leaks. What appears in the videos as wind-blown plumes of smoke are really pollutants that are invisible to the naked eye. Earthworks, a national environmental group based in Washington, D.C., quietly ...

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Kasich energy plan has critics hot

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WASHINGTON — John Kasich’s energy plan is aimed at sparking the economy by expanding production, but environmentalists say the Republican presidential candidate’s idea would increase pollution and the carbon emissions blamed for climate change. In an economic speech last month in New Hampshire, the Ohio governor outlined an approach likely to resonate with American industry, including abandoning a plan by ...

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EDITORIAL: Public money, private company and clean energy in Ohio

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A week ago, Ohio voters erected a barrier to any group or person with ideas about embedding an exclusive economic benefit in the state constitution. Lawmakers put the constitutional amendment on the ballot to stop an oligopoly in the making, or the now unsuccessful plan to legalize marijuana and leave the growing and cultivation to 10 investor groups. And yet, ...

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Virginia among states seeking to defend plan to clean up power plants

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NORFOLK — Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli earned global attention for his denial of global warming, and he put the state’s legal muscle behind that disbelief. On Wednesday, his successor, Mark Herring, positioned Virginia on the opposite end of the climate debate. He announced that he has joined a coalition of 17 other states in a defense of the ...

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Oil and Gas report, October 25-31

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Pennsylvania Drilling operations in the Marcellus and Utica shales slowed down considerably from October 25 to 31. Compared to Pennsylvania’s total of 58 permits approved in the previous week, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection issued only 31 permits. Top Pennsylvania counties for oil and gas permits: Top permit recipients in Pennsylvania: Natural gas inventories just took a hit nationwide, ...

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Severance tax collections continue to take a hit

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CHARLESTON, W.VA. — The West Virginia Department of Revenue released revenue numbers for the month of October on Tuesday, November 3. As of October 30, the state’s cumulative general revenue collections were $91.6 million behind estimates, a figure that has grown quickly from a $12 million deficit at the start of the fiscal year. Specifically, October General Revenue Fund collections ...

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Duke Energy earnings, sales fall short of expectations

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Duke Energy reported third-quarter earnings Thursday that were down 27 percent from a year ago because of weaker performance in its international business and a loss in its commercial segment. Charlotte-based Duke posted a quarterly profit of $932 million, down from $1.27 billion in the same period last year and below the $1.05 billion consensus estimate of analysts surveyed by ...

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