Geothermal: The Heat Beneath Our Feet

Geothermal energy, a technology that takes advantage of the Earth’s ability to supply and transfer heat, is quickly infiltrating the public consciousness. There are, however, some key questions that those who are not familiar with the technology may have about how it works. The word “geothermal” actually refers to two completely different technologies—one for heating…

Issue 7 Passes, Bans Fracking in Athens

By Cassie Kelly, Editor-in-Chief Video by Cassie Kelly On Nov. 4, Election Day, Athens’ Bill of Rights Committee gathered around the television, awaiting the fate of their proposed mandate to ban fracking operations within city limits, known as Issue 7. After years of petitioning, picketing, fundraising and registering people to vote, Issue 7 passed by…

“Don’t Waste Ohio” — Original Press Release

For Immediate Release — Athens County Fracking Action Network “Don’t Waste Ohio” Legislator Accountability Day Highlights Dangers of Fracking Waste Disposal Athens, Ohio – Two cars full of Athens County residents joined 75 other Ohioans yesterday at the Statehouse to speak with legislators and to rally against toxic, mostly out-of-state frack waste being injected into…

A Time to Stir The Pot

Story by Janice Brewer, Staff Writer Upon entering the Dairy Barn, I was already waiting in line with the many strong and happy faces of the Athens community. As I turned the corner to get a peek, I saw an overflowing finger food table crowded with thoughtful local dishes, elbow bumpers, squeezing by each other,…

Injection Wells Disturb Community and Area’s Beauty

Story by Janice Brewer, Staff Writer Photography by Rebecca Ciprus, Staff Photographer On Friday, March 14, 2014, Loraine McCosker organized a panel of participants to speak up about the injection well dilemma Athens County is facing. The panelist included journalism professor Bernhard Debatin , geographer Harold Perkins, undergraduate and OUSSC president Caitlin McDaniel, and Athens…

Anti-Fracking Benefit Show @ Casa

Photography by Gracie Umana, Multimedia Editor, and Alyssa Nedrow, staff photographer The Ohio University Sierra Student Coalition and Bobcats Beyond Gas held an Anti-Fracking Benefit Show at Casa Nueva on February 27, 2014,  to raise funds tell Ohio University that the students and community members are not happy with the proposed natural gas plant and…

Eco-News in Brief 12/8

We can’t stop watching these emus freak out about a ball! from Grist! Athens County lagging in recycling efforts – The Athens News Great piece by the ANews this week about recycling efforts in Athens County! “Athens County initiated the first curbside recycling program in Ohio in April of 1984,” [Tom O’Grady] said. “The program was…

Clouds make it difficult to see the starry night above Athens. Photo by Alex Snyder

Athens County Commissioners Hold Standing-room Only Injection Well Public Meeting — Original Press Release

Athens, Nov. 20, 2013 — It was standing-room-only as over 160 people filled the Athens Community Center Tuesday night (11-19) as the Athens County Commissioners took testimony from citizens about an oil and gas waste injection well, K&H Partners #2, proposed for eastern Athens County. If approved, this permit would make the injection well complex the largest in the state. The…

Eco-News in Brief 11/17

“Triple Divide” Screening–Athena Cinema, November 20th, 7 p.m.   Make Fuel at Home with Portable DIY Refinery We found a nifty little machine that creates ethanol: “The MicroFueler weighs about 200 pounds and hooks up to a water and 110 or 220 volt power supply and wastewater drain just like a washing machine. It uses raw…