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This March 15, 2018 photo shows a natural gas drill rig in Belmont County, Ohio.

Plan for Ethane ‘Cracker’ Plant in Belmont County Takes a Step Forward

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CLEVELAND (AP) — A partnership proposing to build an ethane “cracker” plant in Ohio has reached economic development agreements to pay two government entities millions in the coming years. A spokesman says that while the agreements are an important step, PTTGC America and Daelim Chemical USA have not made an investment decision on building the… Read More

Chet Blankenship was buried in the lawn beside his home.

Clean Water Wanted: Contaminated Wells and the Legacy of Fossil Fuel Extraction

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“You seen that one with the tombstone up there?” seven-year-old Timothy Easterling asks, looking toward the grass just uphill from his home. “That’s my papaw.” Timothy’s grandfather Chet Blankenship died in 2016, at age 69. Blankenship lived on land he and his family have long owned at the end of a road atop Bradshaw Mountain… Read More

The coal power station on the border between WV and PA

Amid Climate Debate and Coal’s Decline, West Virginia Considers its Future

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On a recent soggy Wednesday evening, dozens of West Virginians packed a conference room inside the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center to discuss the need for a “just transition” for coal-impacted communities. As the nation grapples with climate change, the need for a fair transition for workers and communities that depend upon coal jobs and… Read More

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House Turning Attention Toward Energy Grid Modernization

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For the last decade, Ohio lawmakers were locked in heated debates over how the state should address energy generation, from bailing out nuclear to rolling back green energy standards. With a new law that does both of those on the books, House and Senate leaders are starting to turn their attention to a different energy debate: modernizing… Read More

Demonstrators shouting chants outside of a House Public Utilities Committee hearing in the Ohio Statehouse.

Protesters Protest Bill Strengthening Penalties for Damages Sustained During Protests

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A coalition of advocates say the bill, which creates a new criminal mischief prohibition, can have a chilling effect on protesting at places like oil and gas pipelines. About two dozen people from environmental, anti-poverty, and religious groups interrupted a House committee meeting with loud chants. Their demonstration spilled out of the committee room and into a… Read More

Miners assemble on railroad tracks to block a shipment of coal from a Blackjewel mine.

Bankrupt Blackjewel Coal Still Racking Up Environmental Violations, Officials Warn

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An attorney for the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet told a federal judge Wednesday that the bankrupt coal company Blackjewel has accrued nearly 300 environmental violations since it entered bankruptcy in July. “It’s essential that these violations are addressed, abated, and that they stop accruing,” Cabinet attorney Lena Seward told bankruptcy judge Frank Volk in the… Read More

Petitioner gathering signatures for HB6 referendum

Nuclear Bailout Opponents End Their Referendum Attempt

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The group that was fighting to overturn Ohio’s nuclear power plant bailout has dropped its case in court which means the plan for additional fees on electric bills to subsidize nuclear and coal will carry forward. Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts wanted voters this fall to overturn the law, through HB6, that bails out nuclear plants, subsidizes coal plants, rolls back… Read More

The coal power station on the border between WV and PA

2020 Hindsight: The Ohio Valley’s Decade in Data

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The year: 2009. A Senator from Illinois named Barack Obama has just made history upon taking the presidential oath of office. The national economy is at a low point in the Great Recession. And the Pittsburgh Steelers are the first NFL team to win six Super Bowls. Ten years later, as 2019 gives way to… Read More

This March 15, 2018 photo shows a natural gas drill rig in Belmont County, Ohio.

Ohio Governor Meets with Proposed Belmont Co. ‘Cracker’ Plant Developer

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio’s Republican governor and lieutenant governor met Wednesday with officials from one of the companies proposing to build a multi-billion dollar ethane “cracker”plant in southeast Ohio. A spokesman for Gov. Mike DeWine said no “substantive update” would be provided from the meeting in Columbus with board members from Thailand’s PTT Global Chemical…. Read More