Environment

Environment
8:28 am
Tue December 9, 2014

West Virginia To Allow Fracking Underneath The Ohio River

The Ohio River borders West Virginia and Ohio in a rural corner of the state, but the river itself is mostly on the West Virginia side.
Credit erjkprunkczyk / Flickr/Creative Commons

West Virginia is selling hydraulic fracturing or fracking rights under the Ohio River, and the effects of that decision will be monitored by the other states in the Ohio River Valley.

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Environment
6:00 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

Quakers Protest PNC Bank For Financing Mountaintop Coal Mining

About 50 Quaker protesters showed at two PNC bank branches in Springfield Saturday.
Credit Wayne Baker / WYSO

Several local Quaker activists participated in a “Flood PNC” protest in Springfield Saturday morning. The Earth Quaker Action Team organized demonstrations in 12 states and the District of Columbia to ask PNC Bank to stop financing mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachian areas.

The U.S. EPA says the process involves mining companies blowing the tops off of mountains in order to extract an abundance of coal. After the coal is extracted, toxic waste is often dumped into the environment, harming water supplies and wildlife.

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Nature
6:25 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Ohio Officials Say Deer At Preserve Must Be Killed

Whitetail doe
Credit Coolstock

Ohio officials have ordered that all deer at a private hunting preserve in Holmes County be killed because the owner didn't follow quarantine rules after one tested positive for a rare disease.

It was the first time chronic wasting disease was found in Ohio. No cases have been found in wild deer in the state, but officials are taking extra precautions during the ongoing gun hunting season for deer to ensure the disease doesn't spread.

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Commentary
9:30 am
Sat November 29, 2014

Blessings in Disguise: How a Focus on Sustainability Fostered Antioch College’s Rebirth

The Antioch College Farm
Credit courtesy of Antioch College

On October 25, 2014, Nick Boutis, Executive Director of the Glen Helen Ecology Institute at Antioch College delivered the following keynote address the University of Dayton's Sustainability Summit.

The gist of what I’m going to tell you over the next few minutes is that, when life gives you lemons, make a lemon meringue pie. Lemonade is fine, and all, but sometimes new challenges call for new solutions.

In the fall of 2011, after a three-year closure that many assumed was permanent, Antioch College reopened its doors to students.

Why?

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Energy
9:41 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Panel Studying Ohio's Green Energy Law Kicks Off

Ohio's renewable energy standards are on hold for two years while the legislature studies their impact.
Credit Lucas County Choppers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A legislative panel reviewing Ohio's renewable energy law while state mandates are on a two-year hiatus is kicking off with testimony from the state's top utility regulator.

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Chairman Tom Johnson addresses the Energy Mandates Study Committee Monday.

The panel was created in May to part of a bill delaying enforcement of state mandates for alternative energy sources, such as solar and wind.

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