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TransCanada, the company that owns and operates the Keystone Pipeline, says that an estimated 210,000 gallons, or 5,000 barrels, of oil have spilled near the small town of Amherst, S.D.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is suing the Rover Pipeline, accusing it of “a series of calculated business decisions or complete indifference” that led to millions of gallons of drilling fluids and other pollution being dumped into Ohio waterways and wetlands. 

The Wind Energy industry has been taking off in the Midwest. The number of wind farms in the region has doubled since 2011. In Ohio though, new development worth up to 1.6 billion dollars has stalled because of the debate over set-back rules, the guidelines that govern the distance between wind farms and property.

Trains carrying volatile crude oil across Ohio to East Coast refineries and ports in the U.S. and Canada will no longer include a kind of tanker cars that have proven to be easily ruptured in accidents.  

Four years ago, after several incidents of older-style tank cars bursting into flames in derailments, the federal government ordered them phased out by Jan. 1, 2018.  As that date nears, a Transportation Department report shows fewer than 300 of the cars are still in service.

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Larry Hecht runs Pier-48, an intermodal terminal on the Ohio River for loading and off-loading barges. At the height of the shale boom, it got 25 bulk shipments of drilling supplies like barite a month.

Then came the bust, and that traffic stopped.

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The site of what’s alleged to be a 2 million-gallon spill of drilling mud is now just a quiet spot along the towpath trail south of Canton.

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It was one of Donald Trump’s biggest campaign rally cries when he was running for president – ending what he called the “war on coal.”

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave final authorization Wednesday to begin construction of the NEXUS gas pipeline through northern Ohio. Communities along the way have tried to stop or re-route the pipeline, and lawsuits are still pending.   

The Repeal of Major Obama-Era Carbon Emissions Rule

Oct 11, 2017
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Attempts made by the Obama administration to make states uses less coal and more energy sources that produce fewer carbon emissions will be threatened by President Trump and the new head of the EPA. Obama's Clean Power Plan is set to be repealed by the Trump Administration. We look at what that means for Ohio and the nation.

Updated at 12:30 p.m. ET

The Trump administration will scuttle an Obama-era clean power plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, made the announcement in Hazard, Ky., on Monday, saying the rule hurt coal-fired plants.

"The EPA and no federal agency should ever use its authority to say to you we are going to declare war on any sector of our economy," Pruitt said, speaking at an event with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

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