Powerful incentive

This is not the time for Congress to allow the expiration of the wind production tax credit, set for the end of the year. The tax credit has been integral to the country having the second-fastest growing wind industry in the world last year, trailing only China. It makes the industry more competitive, wind power now on a projected path from the current 3 percent of the country’s electricity to 20 percent eventually.


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.


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.


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.


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.