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Court orders anti-fracking issue back on Youngstown ballot

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that an anti-fracking measure in Youngstown must be put back on fall ballots. In a unanimous decision last week, the high court said the Mahoning County Board of Elections lacked the authority not to certify an anti-fracking charter amendment and so must put it back on the Nov. 3 ballot. ...

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Kasich: Ohio will aid workers losing jobs at uranium project

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) says the state will offer job-search support and other help for workers affected when the federal government halts a southern Ohio uranium enrichment project. The Department of Energy plans to end its contract for the American Centrifuge Project in Piketon at the end of September. About 235 workers have been notified of ...

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Safety becoming a concern

Dennis Carr Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth site project director addressed the Scioto County Commissioners Thursday and gave an update on activities at the plant in Piketon. Carr told the commissioners safety is becoming a concern at the site. Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth is a United States Department of Energy (DOE) contractor, performing Decontaminating and Decommissioning (D&D) of the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in ...

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Woman indicted in West Chester death of utility worker

BUTLER COUNTY — The woman accused of killing a utility worker in West Chester Twp. last spring has been indicted on aggravated vehicular homicide charges. A grand jury returned indictments on nine charges, including two aggravated vehicular homicide charges, several counts of aggravated vehicular assault and a misdemeanor charge of operating a vehicle under the influence. Michele Schuster, 23 of ...

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Thousands of petroleum leak investigations backlogged in Ohio

SPRINGFIELD — More than 35,000 petroleum leaks have been reported in Ohio since the state began monitoring underground storage tanks in the mid-1980s, and about 12 percent of them are still in need of cleanup years or even decades later. CONTINUING COVERAGE: Hazmat accidents and risks in Ohio Ohio has a current backlog of about 4,300 active cases, according to ...

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Injection well opponents optimistic

Many oil wells valve

PETERSBURG, Mich. — Monroe County officials who oppose the use of injection wells for oil drilling are optimistic about a bill introduced in the state Legislature that would prohibit them. Supporters of the bill know they have a long battle before the measure may be approved. “That was just round one, we’re waking up a sleeping bear,” Summerfield Supervisor John ...

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Ohio Supreme Court orders frack ban onto Nov. ballot

YOUNGSTOWN — The Ohio Supreme Court agreed with Youngstown that the Mahoning County Board of Elections lacks authority not to certify an anti-fracking charter amendment and ordered it placed on the Nov. 3 ballot. In a 7-0 decision Thursday, the court ruled the board does “not have authority to sit as arbiters of the legality or constitutionality of a ballot ...

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Fracking issues won’t be on ballots

COLUMBUS — Voters in Fulton, Medina, and Athens counties will not vote on ballot issues designed to block the path of a gas pipeline across northern Ohio and more heavily regulate fracking operations. In a 6-1 decision, the state Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the attempt of citizens groups in those counties to force their way onto the Nov. 3 ...

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StatOil fined $223,000 over Ohio fracking-well fire

Ohio environmental regulators will fine an international oil and gas company about $223,000 for a blowout and fire last summer at a Monroe County fracking well that contaminated a nearby stream, killed fish for miles and forced about 25 people from their houses. StatOil North America, the company that operated the well, can resume fracking there after it pays the ...

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Marcellus and Utica activity, September 8-15

As Marcellus production chugs along with 31 newly-drilled wells in Pennsylvania from September 8 through 15, gasolines prices throughout the state dipped below $2 per gallon—a surprisingly low figure, even in the midst of a continuing price slump. National gas prices sit at an average of $2.33 per gallon, but motorists traveling through Pennsylvania reported prices as low $1.78 per ...

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