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States Tackle Environmental and Energy Issues

With state legislative sessions underway across Appalachia, here are some energy and environmental bills to keep an eye on.

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Petrochemical Plants Advance

Ohio issued an air permit for a petrochemical plant in Belmont County as construction continues on Royal Dutch Shell’s ethane cracker in western Pennsylvania.

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Banding Together for Better Power Options

An Ohio state law has allowed hundreds of communities to choose a more affordable power supplier.

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Coal Company Loses Road Waiver Request in Ohio

A county judge in Ohio upheld a decision to deny a request from Oxford Mining Company, LLC, to mine coal alongside a public road.

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Holding pipeline profiteers accountable

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The fossil fuel industry and monopoly utilities will not turn easily from their money-making course. We citizens must continue to hold them accountable.

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Appalachia’s Toxic Dumping Ground

Felicia Mettler

Ohio has more frack waste disposal wells than any other Appalachian state and receives millions of barrels of the toxic waste each year.

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Solitude and Discovery at Zaleski State Forest

During Baby Josie’s first mountain hike, her parents took her on a 10-mile loop in southeast Ohio that wanders by a pond of lily pads, along ridgelines and through pine groves.

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Doubts Follow Elk River Contamination

By Kimber Ray Four months after a Freedom Industries chemical tank contaminated the water of approximately 300,000 West Virginia residents this past January, only 36 percent of those residents were drinking their tap water, according a survey released in May

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The Appalachian States of Energy Efficiency

By Matt Grimley Every year, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy releases rankings on individual state’s energy efficiency performance. And every year, Appalachia is middling at best in saving energy. The ACEEE’s State Energy Efficiency Scorecard examines everything from

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Hidden Treasures #3 – Ohio

Welcome to the third installment of our exploration of some of the most beautiful, off-the-beaten-path places in the Central and Southern Appalachian Mountains. In this issue, we hand picked some water-related hot spots perfect for late summer days: hikes, waterfalls,

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