CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A congressional panel holds a hearing today on a draft environmental rule that would tighten oversight of coal mining.
The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources is holding today's hearing in Charleston, West Virginia, on a proposed stream buffer zone rule.
The rule aims to keep coal-mining debris away from mountain streams. Coal-industry supporters say this and other Obama administration proposals threaten jobs and the economy, while environmentalists say such dumping harms water quality and animal habitats.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Some legal experts are calling unconstitutional a maneuver used by Ohio Republicans in an effort to protect a new, GOP-drawn congressional map from a repeal effort by an angry electorate.
A spokesman for Governor John Kasich says the map approved Wednesday by the Legislature will be signed into law Monday.
A state Senate committee tacked on $2.75 million to the map to help local elections boards with implementation. The Ohio Constitution states that bills appropriating money cannot be repealed.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Governor John Kasich says he's prepared to talk to people in bars, hotels and salons about the economic impacts of natural gas drilling to combat misconceptions about hydraulic fracturing.
Officials say a major natural gas deposit in eastern Ohio could create thousands of jobs.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a process through which chemical-laced water is injected deep underground to break up shale rock and allow natural gas to escape.