Energy & Environment

Wages, voting, vouchers and public utilities

BY: - January 27, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: Wages and voting. The Toledo Blade’s Jim Provance is reporting, “Ballot issues would hike […]

$30 million in funding ready for H2Ohio farmers

BY: - January 15, 2020

Farmers in some northwest Ohio counties can get funding to help reduce agricultural runoff and keep algal blooms out of Lake Erie, according to an announcement made Wednesday. The Ohio Department of Agriculture and the governor’s office said $30 million would be available next month through the governor’s “H2Ohio” program meant to address water quality […]

DeWine’s leadership role with key Appalachian group welcome news around Ohio

BY: - January 14, 2020

Just how important is the Appalachian Regional Commission? There’s an old line that Andy Kuhn believes sums it all up: “A toilet doesn’t flush in rural America or rural Appalachia without ARC funds.” That’s how critical the Commission is to infrastructure advancement, the executive director of the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority declared. It is big […]

Meet the candidates vying for an influential utilities commission seat

BY: - January 13, 2020

One is a lawyer for a public utility in Northern Michigan. Another is a private consultant who assists utility companies in building solar and wind farms. There are also IT specialists, a finance manager, a health education specialist, a counselor and even a historian who says he wants the job to pay off personal debts. […]

U.S. House votes to crack down on toxic chemicals; Trump threatens veto

BY: - January 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Friday to pass a comprehensive legislative package that would crack down on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a class of chemicals known as PFAS that are said to cause serious health problems. Used in tape, nonstick pans and other everyday substances, PFAS have been linked to cancer, decreased fertility, developmental […]

Brown, Portman boast support of new trade agreement

BY: - January 9, 2020

Ohio’s U.S. Senators gave their input on a new trade agreement approved by the Senate Finance Committee this week. Both U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and Sen. Rob Portman spoke positively about the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act (USMCA) by the committee on Tuesday. Brown mentioned a provision he said he worked to […]

Ohio has seen an increase of nearly 12,000 uninsured children the past two years

BY: - January 7, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: Nearly 12,000 more uninsured children. The Columbus Dispatch’s Cathy Candisky is reporting that, “Thousands more of Ohio’s […]

Future of state utilities commission hinges on selection of new commissioner

BY: - January 6, 2020

The direction of an unheralded, but important agency tasked with regulating Ohio’s utility services may be determined by the upcoming selection of a new commissioner. Meanwhile, another agency which serves as an advocate for Ohio utility consumers wants a more transparent process by which commissioners are picked.  The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is made […]

Search for contractors continues Ohio’s orphan oil and gas plugging efforts

BY: - January 3, 2020

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is starting a new phase of a process to address idle and orphan oil and gas wells. As part of the Orphan Well Program, the state is looking for contractors to plug about 200 wells in the next year all over the state, with millions in legislature-approved funding ready […]

Where can Ohioans charge their electric vehicles?

BY: - January 2, 2020

As sales of electric vehicles have taken off in recent years, owners are faced with the challenge of figuring out where they can charge up. In a recent report from Pew Charitable Trusts’ Stateline news service, Ohio fell around the middle of the pack in the number of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, with 1,115 […]

Ohio sets new quarterly records for oil and natural gas production

BY: - December 27, 2019

During the third quarter of 2019, Ohio’s horizontal shale wells produced more than 7.2 million barrels of oil and 674 billion cubic feet of natural gas, both new state records for quarterly oil and natural gas production since quarterly reporting began in 2013. The figures released in December by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources […]

‘Real rush’ of Trump rules expected ahead of 2020 election

BY: - December 26, 2019

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing to finalize a host of high-profile rules in 2020, including policies that will impact everything from auto emissions to food stamp access. With the November presidential election approaching, the administration is widely expected to make a push to wrap up pending regulations early in 2020 in an effort […]