Drilling permits cancelled for underground natural gas storage project

Ohio environmental regulators have canceled key permits needed for an underground natural gas liquids storage facility proposed along the Ohio River. 
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Toxics

Transparency, environmental concerns surround proposal to barge oil and gas waste on the Ohio River

A proposal to repurpose a docking facility near Marietta, Ohio, to allow for the barging of oil and gas drilling waste on the Ohio River is drawing concern from environmental groups and local residents.
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Pittsburgh

River Alliance charts coordinated path for the Ohio watershed

The Ohio River Basin Alliance has several goals for the 15-state watershed like being a world-class destination for outdoor recreation.
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Toxics

Workers repair corrosion problem at Beaver Valley nuclear reactor

The corrosion issue — found and repaired while the reactor was shut down for refueling — won’t delay a restart of the plant along the Ohio River in Beaver County.
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Toxics

Why some financial analysts are questioning viability of Appalachian plastics hub

They cite factors like reduced demand for natural gas due to a warmer winter and decreased prices for plastic.
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Toxics

Market headwinds buffet Appalachia's future as a center for petrochemicals

A proposed $5.7 billion ethane plant in Belmont County, Ohio, was seen as a likely casualty even before coronavirus cratered oil prices and collapsed the economy.
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Toxics

Congressional Democrats join the debate over plastics' booming future

A new bill would impose a three-year moratorium on new plant construction in parts of Appalachia and the Gulf Coast.
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Toxics

Jacquelyn Bonomo: PA legislators should stop giving tax breaks to fossil fuel industry

Pennsylvania is approaching a steep precipice, and the ramifications will be irreversible if we tumble over the edge and link our future to fracked gas, petrochemicals and plastics.

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Water

Ohio River regulators planning riverwide PFAS study

Twenty locations along the river including Pa. will be sampled for this group of "forever chemicals" associated with reproductive problems, liver, kidney and thyroid disease, and cancer.
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Toxics

Clean water group to start monitoring near proposed ethane cracker in Ohio

Freshwater Accountability Project will collect air and water quality data near schools, and daycare and senior centers close to the site in Belmont County.
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Plastic Pollution

Ohio group worried about water pollution from ethane cracker gets state meeting, but little action

The group is concerned that plastic pellets from a proposed cracker plant in Belmont County, Ohio will pollute the Ohio River.
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Toxics

Ohio River regulators planning riverwide PFAS study

Scientists are designing a new study to test for PFAS, so-called “forever chemicals”, along the entire length of the Ohio River.
Emily Collins, executive director of Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services, on the bank of the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh. (Credit: Jay Manning/PublicSource)
Originals

Could the Ohio River have rights? A movement to grant rights to the environment tests the power of local control

Can you imagine if the Ohio River and its tributaries had legal rights? While speculative, the idea isn't necessarily far-fetched.

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A kayaker on the Ohio River. (Illustration by David Wilson for Belt Magazine)
Originals

How the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitary Commission’s role as steadfast defender of the Ohio River has changed over time

I live in Mount Washington, on the east side of Cincinnati, roughly the midpoint of the 981-mile Ohio River. Below us, near the mouth of the Little Miami River, marinas, barge terminals and Cincinnati Water Works' Miller Treatment Plant line the river's bank.

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Toxics

Ohio group worried about water pollution from ethane cracker gets state meeting, but little action

The group is concerned that plastic pellets from a proposed cracker plant in Belmont County, Ohio will pollute the Ohio River.
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