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Alliance Launched To Save Bees

Sixty-five chefs, restaurant owners and other culinary leaders joined us to launch the Bee Friendly Food Alliance. Through the Alliance, chefs and restaurateurs are calling attention to the importance of bees to our food supply, the dramatic die-off of bee populations, and the need to protect our pollinators. LEARN MORE.

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Is there enough water for 'fracking' boom?

CARROLLTON, Ohio — A deep, constant hum emanates from John and Elizabeth Neider’s dairy and sheep farm. Depending on whom you ask, it’s either the sound of progress or a harbinger of environmental disaster. The hum is created by a cluster of powerful pumps forcing millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals into six deep wells. As much as 5 million gallons of water per well are needed to shatter the Utica shale and release the natural gas and oil trapped thousands of feet underground.

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New wave of injection wells on the way in Ohio for fracking waste

Following a nearly year-long hiatus brought on by a rare earthquake, state regulators are again approving new injection well sites in Ohio, slowly moving the epicenter of waste disposal to Portage County.

Earlier this month, Ohio Department of Natural Resources officials gave the green light to the placement of four new injection wells -- technically known as Class II underground injection wells-- including one in Portage County.

Waiting in the wings are another 31 injection wells, including a fresh series of eight injection wells slated for Portage County, which already has 16 active wells. Once all the wells are approved by ODNR brass, Portage County could have as many as 25 injection well sites, which would make it the leading disposal area for fracking waste in the state.

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Wind energy tax credit

Last week, several governors from the Governors Wind Energy Coalition came together to show their support for renewing the wind energy production tax credits (Governors call for renewing wind energy tax credit, Associated Press). I was disappointed to see that Ohio’s own Governor Kasich was absent from this press conference and from the coalition.

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U.N. says greenhouse gases at record high in 2011

The main global warming pollutant reached a record high level in the air in 2011, the U.N. weather agency said today. 

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New wells to dispose of 'fracking' waste in the works in Ohio again

State oil and gas regulators have approved plans for new disposal wells for “fracking” waste, the first since a series of earthquakes shook Youngstown in December. 

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources signed off on permits to allow four such wells, one each in Athens and Portage counties and two in Washington County, last week. The agency is mulling applications to build another 30 disposal wells.

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