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THE LATEST: Much of the toxic radioactive waste from fracking comes from other states and is being trucked to Ohio and injected into the ground beneath our feet and spread onto our landfills, which eventually leach these toxins and radioactive materials into ground water.
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Ohio high court’s Munroe Falls oil ruling wrongly quashes home rule rights, again: editorial
on February 21, 2015 at 5:23 AM, updated February 21, 2015 at 5:24 AM
The state Supreme Court, siding with the Statehouse oil and gas lobby, has yet again pruned the home rule power of Ohio cities and villages, a decision, be it noted, enabled by an Ohio General Assembly in thrall to special interests.
At issue: A bid by Summit County’s Munroe Falls to use zoning to keep Ravenna-based Beck Energy Corp. from drilling an oil and gas well inside Munroe Falls’ city limits.
In Tuesday’s 4-3 ruling, the Supreme Court ruled that a 2004 state law, signed by then-Gov. Bob Taft, gives the state “sole and exclusive” power to regulate oil and gas production in Ohio.
A fire burns Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, after a train derailment near Charleston, W.Va. Nearby residents were told to evacuate as state emergency response and environmental officials headed to the scene.
JOHN RABY — AP
The CSX train was traveling on the same route as another crude oil train that derailed and caught fire 10 months ago in downtown Lynchburg, Va. It was the second derailment in as many days of a train loaded with crude oil. Early Sunday, a Canadian National train loaded with crude oil derailed in northern Ontario. At least seven cars burst into flames.
In Monday’s derailment, residents of two small towns east of Charleston were evacuated, and at least one tank car fell into the Kanawha River, according to the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. The river supplies drinking water for several local communities, and residents wereurged Monday to conserve water.
How We Banned Fracking in New York
[Editor’s note: A thousand anti-fracking activists rallied outside of Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address in Albany yesterday to celebrate the statewide ban on fracking, thank Governor Cuomo, and begin the work of fighting fracking infrastructure projects and promoting renewable energy. Here below are the prepared remarks from Sandra Steingraber’s speech at the post-rally victory party in the nearby Hilton Hotel.]
And thereby hangs a tale.
It’s a tale in which we all are—each one of us is—a starring character and a co-author. We are the maker of this story that has been shaped by our unceasing, unrelenting efforts—all of which mattered and made a difference.
Every rally. Every march. Every jug of Dimock water. Every public comment. Every local ban. Every letter to the editor. Every letter to the Governor. Every concert. Every expert testimony at every hearing.
It all mattered.
Fracking: So where’s the economic boom that was promised?
The following article appeared in the December 25, 2014 edition of the STAR BEACON. It is datelined from Vienna, which is a township in Trumbull County, Ohio.
Pa. Industry grows by sending its wastewater to Ohio
It’s easier to get rid of leftovers over the border
EDITOR’S NOTE: As Astabula County works to begin fracking in the county, the following is the first in a series about fracking in neighbor Pennsylvania.
By JOHN FINNERTY
CNHI State Reporter
VIENNA, Ohio—This eastern Ohio hamlet is home to about 1,000 people, a traffic light, and a high school. Businesses are few; the only grocery store in town closed this past summer.
The biggest landmark is on the outskirts of town—a regional airport that serves Warren, about 10 miles to the west, and Youngstown, 10 miles to the south.
Less descript is the facility that tethers tiny Vienna to the sprawling natural gas industry across the border in Pennsylvania.
About a mile from the town center, a cluster of five injection wells pours natural gas drillers’ wastewater deep into the earth. In the first half of this year alone , these wells accepted and deposited underground 350,000 barrels of waste from Pennsylvania—more than 14 million gallons—according to records kept by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio’s renewable energy policies sparked tremendous investment in the industry, but recent moves by state lawmakers have slowed that growth and threaten its future, according to a report released Tuesday.
Ohio was No. 13 in the country for new capacity and private investment in wind at the end of 2012, according to the Pew report. However, new investment halted in 2013 because of “uncertainty” created by legislative debate over Ohio’s renewable energy standards and the expiration of a federal production tax credit, according to the report.
The report from The Pew Charitable Trusts examined the industry’s growth following 2008 state incentives for utilities to seek renewable sources and after state lawmakers began talking about eliminating the renewable energy standards in 2013.Read the report below.
Remember Mark Jacobson, the Stanford University Professor who during a Late Show With David Letterman appearance said we already have enough wind to power the entire world “seven times over?”
That wasn’t hyperbole—Jacobson believes it and his team at the Solutions Project has unveiled a 50-state plan on how the U.S. could shed itself from oil, coal and nuclear sources. It comes in the form of a large, interactive map that provides a plan and projection for each state when you click on it.Here are a few examples of what the map has to offer:
“The new roadmap is designed to provide each state a first step toward a renewable future,” said Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford. “It provides all of the basic information, such as how many wind turbines and solar panels would be needed to power each state, how much land area would be required, what would be the cost and cost savings, how many jobs would be created, how much pollution-related mortality and global-warming emissions would be avoided.”
Wind, Water Solar – Preliminary Outline of Plan for Ohio Features Relatively Short Payback Time
Visit The Solutions Project Web Site to get a look at the outline of the WWS Plan for Ohio at: www.thesolutionsproject.org
AND, Watch the amazing presentation by Professor Jacobson in the sidebar widget to the right.
Well casing failure can contaminate groundwater
Dr. Ingraffea’s General Recommendations on Fracking:
Where fracking is not yet occurring, it should be banned, and the use of all hydrocarbon fuels should be reduced as fast as possible. Also, the use of renewable, non-hydrocarbon fuels should be vastly accelerated.
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