About a year ago a local family began getting flammable water. The fact that their house’s recorded methane levels (along with their sink) shot up shortly after fracking began nearby was considered maybe not coincidental, so the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) looked into it. Before the agency did, though, it let the public know which way it was leaning: “Methane is naturally occurring in this portion of the state, and the water well in question was found to be drilled into shale, which may have led to these increased levels.”
|By: danps Saturday December 7, 2013 1:29 pm|
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday October 8, 2013 6:30 pm|
Unlike many other first world nations, we in America equate minimal life standards that benefit society as a whole and make a place more worth living in– eating, healthcare, education– with a certain level of employment. So, don’t like what you got? Go get a better job loser. Lazy, dumb people get what they deserve. I work for a living. Sound familiar? Dickens had his character Scrooge say back in Victorian England that hungry children might best “starve so as to reduce the surplus population.”
|By: Lisa Derrick Tuesday October 8, 2013 5:45 pm|
Bonjour, handsome! Paris has secured the right to host the 2018 Gay Games, beating out Limerick, Ireland and London, England. Next year’s Gay Games 2014 will be held in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio, which should be pretty darn fun too!
|By: Jon Walker Friday September 20, 2013 5:20 pm|
The campaign behind the push is “Healthy Ohioans Work.” They hope the effort forces the Republican-controlled legislature to finally act on the issue soon, but are prepared to go through with putting it on the 2014 ballot if necessary.
|By: danps Saturday January 12, 2013 4:00 pm|
Last summer I wrote about the Sierra Club’s Water Sentinels program for testing water. Our town’s anti-fracking activists have been using it at their homes for a while now, but around the time of my post we also began free monthly water testing for the community. We are careful to emphasize several caveats, though. The most important is that the testing is not comprehensive or EPA certified; it is not meant to be a substitute for a certified test. It measures a handful of items and is only meant to give a basic idea of water quality. Similarly, the testing would almost certainly not be admissible in a court of law; anyone with an eye on future court cases should go with an EPA certified lab.
That said, the tests are a good way to look for changes.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday December 18, 2012 1:01 pm|
According to a new Quinnipiac poll, 47 percent of voters think the use of marijuana should be made legal in Ohio while 47 percent think it should remain illegal and the remaining 6 percent undecided.
|By: danps Sunday December 9, 2012 5:00 pm|
One of the under appreciated hazards of fracking is its effect on democracy. Fracking is a big, intrusive process – one that sucks up lots of water, creates enormous amounts of traffic and an ungodly amount of noise, etc. Setting aside the environmental dangers and health effects (!), the heavy industrialization involved in fracking guarantees that communities will be abundantly aware of it.
In other words, it will be extremely controversial.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday November 6, 2012 8:15 am|
The OSCE is a body, which the United States is a founding member. Observers have been sent to the United States to observe US elections since 2002. But, now, Republicans in states where voter suppression could potentially occur are suggesting to Americans these people are here to violate American sovereignty as part of some left-wing ACORN conspiracy.
|By: David Dayen Monday November 5, 2012 8:00 am|
Polls predicting a narrow victory for President Obama in tomorrow’s Presidential election are only “skewed” in the sense that they don’t take into account the persistent attempts at voter suppression in key battleground states controlled by Republicans.
|By: David Dayen Thursday November 1, 2012 6:35 am|
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted may get his wish of disenfranchisement after all. A three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday placed a stay on a lower court ruling that would allow voter disenfranchisement based on poll worker error.