Category Archives: Environment

Obama’s call for CO2 emission restrictions may hit Ohio hard

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In September 2012, NRG Energy closed its coal-powered plant on Belmont Avenue in Niles. This and 21 other plants were closed in response to stricter EPA regulations regarding mercury and toxic emissions. However, instead of building natural-gas powered plants, electric companies are investing in equipment to reduce the toxic emissions from burning coal. — Christopher Kochera/

Just as Ohio power companies had a plan to meet tighter federal emission standards, President Obama announced even more restrictions on coal-fired electric plants.

Lack of communication on water contamination concerns some PA residents

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Months after the discovery of pollution in the Mahoning River, residents downstream on the Beaver River, don’t want it to happen again.

Caitlin Fitch has the story.

Waste dumped in Mahoning finds its way to Beaver Falls municipal water plant

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Mike Goffe, 36, prepares to deliver coffee while working for his parents at the Matty Goffe's Café in Beaver Falls. A fiiltered watr system is on the counter behind him. The restaurant uses filtered water because the city's water supply comes from the Beaver and Mahoning rivers. (Caitlin Cook/

State officials work to communicate spills downstream

Most mornings patrons at Matty Goffe’s Café in Beaver Falls, PA, sip their coffee and share the latest news. What they aren’t talking about is how much of the 250,000 gallons of suspected fracking wastewater dumped in Youngstown might have gotten into their cup of joe.

Brundage offers decades of experience to bird watchers

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Nancy Brundage of Canfield is a well-known area bird watcher. For 27 years; she has led bird walks throughout Mill Creek MetroPark. She is pictured in her backyard; which is filled with feeders for her feathery friends. (Christine Davidson/

The Great Backyard Bird Count wraps up this week. The event, sponsored by the Audubon Society and Cornell University, tracks winter bird populations in the United States. Chris Davidson introduces us to some local birds and one birder.

Protesters push for local control over fracking; apologize to Mahoning River

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The Rev. Monica Beasley-Martin led a worship service Feb. 10 to bless the waters and apologize to the Mahoning River for the recent illegal dumping of fracking waste. (Andrew Donofrio/

Amid optimism that hydraulic fracturing will boost the local economy, there’s growing skepticism about how oil and gas companies are regulated, skepticism shared by members of Frackfree America National Coalition.

News Outlet reporter Andrew Donofrio has the story about This Youngstown activist group that believes shale gas drilling is dangerous.

Feds charge businessman with polluting U.S. waterway

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MarySweetwood/TheNewsOutlet.orgSteven M. Dettelbach; U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio; (left) and Mike DeWine; Ohio attorney general; discuss the criminal and possible civil charges against Ben Lupo; owner of D&L Energy and Hardrock Excavating. Lupo pleaded not guilty to polluting a U.S. waterway. (MarySweetwood/

A Youngstown business owner is out on bail today… the feds charge him with environmental crimes. Here’s News Outlet reporter, Chris Davidson.

Professor bemoans latest illegal dumping into river

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One day after news of the illegal dumping of 20,000 gallons of crude oil and brine into a storm drain that empties into the Mahoning, Schroeder went to the area to survey the damage.

Friends of river look to sponsor more events

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The Friends of the Mahoning River looks to future projects after the conclusion of their first event in October. Rachel Lundberg brings us an update.

Little can be done to regulate gas and oil industry at local level, legislator says

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From Cincinnati to Mansfield to Niles and Weathersfield, Ohio’s cities and townships are clamping down on injection wells, essentially banning the saltwater disposal sites that accept wastewater from oilfield operations.

Losses run deep

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(Photo by Richard Darbey/The News Outlet)

Girard’s $4.9M investment in 2 lakes yields little but debt, disappointment

State Route 11 intersects two lakes in southern Trumbull County near the city.
The lake along the eastern edge of the highway, towering above the other, remains full. On the lower lake’s southern shore rests a 45-foot-high concrete dam that once held back millions of gallons of water.

Photo by Richard Darbey/The News Outlet