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Protests greet FirstEnergy rate request hearings

COLUMBUS — A small group of protesters on Monday marked the start of hearings on FirstEnergy’s rate request designed to lock in a 15-year market for power generated by a pair of its subsidiary’s plants even if they don’t offer the best price for customers. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio already has said “no” to similar proposals from American ...

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Eco-groups file notice with EPA for new federal regulations on disposing of drilling wastes


A coalition of environmental organizations on Wednesday filed a legal notice with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency demanding regulations to stop oil and gas companies from dumping drilling and fracking waste in ways that threaten public health and the environment. That includes Ohio injection wells for liquid drilling wastes that have triggered earthquakes and low-level radioactive waste from drill cuttings ...

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State says Ohio oil, natural gas production at historic high

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The state Department of Natural Resources says historic amounts of oil and natural gas are being produced by Ohio shale wells. Statistics released by the department Thursday show more than 10 million barrels of oil and 405 billion cubic feet of natural gas were produced during the second quarter of the year. The department says those amounts ...

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Groups to sue EPA in effort to better regulate disposal of fracking waste

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Eight environmental organizations announced today they intend to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to force it to set new and tighter standards for disposal of oil and gas drilling and fracking waste that they say threatens public health and the environment. The groups, in a notice of intent to sue filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., allege ...

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Utica and Marcellus activity in Ohio, August 16th through August 22nd


Permit activity in the Utica and Marcellus Shale formations in Ohio have seen some changes compared to the last well activity update, but when it comes to fracking-related issues on ballot proposals, things are getting very heated. Last week, the Associated Press (AP) reported that residents of Fulton, Medina and Athens Counties in Ohio are filing a lawsuit again Ohio’s ...

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Fracking foes sue Ohio elections chief over ballot ruling

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Residents of Fulton, Medina (meh-DY’-nuh) and Athens counties have sued Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) after he invalidated ballot proposals related to the oil-and-gas drilling technique of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund helped the residents file suit Wednesday in the Ohio Supreme Court. They’re challenging Husted’s decision to remove from ...

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Honda opens new natural gas station

Honda on Wednesday opened new compressed natural gas station on its Marysville campus, the first public CNG filling station on Honda property anywhere in North America. The CNG station, along with recent recognition from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, is part of the automaker’s recent efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its operations, company officials said. The station will ...

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Chemical leak turns Wolf Creek blue; Barberton removing contaminant

NORTON – A chemical leak at Barberton’s water treatment plant off Summit Road turned Wolf Creek a turquoise color Tuesday. The leaking chemical was aluminum sulfate, Ohio EPA spokesperson Linda Oros said. A coagulant, it is traditionally used to remove organic material from drinking water by binding it together and sinking it to the bottom for collection. Norton officials temporarily ...

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Two killed in bulldozer accident


PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP – Two people were killed in what authorities believe was an accident involving a bulldozer Monday evening along Morgan Road. Authorities were still on the scene as of press time, but according to county Sheriff William Johnson, two adults, a male and a female, were killed. Their names have not been released. Plymouth Township Fire Chief Bill Strubbe ...

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McComb’s water is brown but still called safe to drink

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McCOMB, Ohio – Tests show this Hancock County village’s tap water is safe to drink, yet many residents are understandably leery of its brownish color. “It’s more about appearance, odor, and taste,” said Dina Pierce, a spokesman for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. “From a health-based perspective, the water is safe to drink.” She agreed McComb’s water is “obviously very ...

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