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Climate change is a top issue in the Democratic presidential primaries and some candidates have taken relatively aggressive policy stands, including vows to ban hydraulic fracturing. But some Democrats worry that could push moderate voters in key swing states to reelect President Trump next November.

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An Ohio appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by the state against a natural gas pipeline company over environmental violations. 

The shale oil boom that catapulted the U.S. into being the world's largest oil producer may be going bust. Oil prices are dropping amid weakening demand, bankruptcies and layoffs are up, and drilling is down — signs of a crisis that's quietly roiling the industry.

Some of the most successful companies in the oil business are household names — think Exxon Mobil or Chevron. But the boom in shale drilling has been driven by smaller, independent operators. These companies have pushed the limits of drilling technology and taken big risks on unproven oil fields.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom imposed new regulations Tuesday on hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, and curbed steam-injected oil drilling in his state, extractive methods long opposed by environmentalists.

Under the new initiatives:

  • New permits for fracking will be subject to independent scientific review by experts at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the permitting process will be audited by the state Department of Finance to study compliance with state law.

President Trump stood in front of an audience of operating engineers in Crosby, Texas, on Wednesday and promised to make it easier for them to lay pipe.

"Nobody in the world can do what you folks do," Trump said to applause from the assembled crowd. "And we're going to make it easier for you."

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A Stark County judge this week dismissed a lawsuit Ohio filed against the developers of the 4.2 billion dollar Rover natural gas pipeline that stretches from West Virginia to Michigan. 

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Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to headline a fundraiser in Columbus on Friday for the oil-and-gas industry.

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A federal appeals court has thrown out a power company's permit to build a natural gas pipeline across two national forests and the Appalachian Trail – and slammed the U.S. Forest Service for granting the approvals in the first place.

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The Franklin County Board of Elections has rejected placing an anti-fracking measure on the Columbus ballot this fall. 

Columbus City Council last night approved changes in municipal tax break policies with an eye toward creating more affordable housing stock. 

Columbus City Council is expected to vote this coming Monday to place a measure on the fall ballot banning fracking activity within city limits. 

Ohio Public Radio

Clergy and advocates for the poor converged at the Statehouse Monday for what was called a "die in." 

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 Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Junior advocated for Americans living in poverty in what was called the "Poor People's Campaign." 

The United States oil business is booming and the country could soon be the largest crude oil producer in the world. Despite this record-breaking production, climate change activists campaigning to move away from fossil fuels say they are making progress.

The U.S. is one of only a few countries in the world that allow private individuals to own the minerals under their land, a policy that dates to the Founding Fathers as they sought to elevate private interests over those of the British Crown. This financial incentive to allow new drilling goes a long way in explaining the nation's natural gas boom. The National Association of Royalty Owners estimates some 12 million American landowners receive royalties for the exploitation of oil, gas and other mineral resources under their property.

Earlier this month workers on the Rover natural gas pipeline project saw drilling mud disappear underground in Stark County.

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The Ohio EPA this week is planning to issue new notices of violations against Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the Rover natural gas pipeline.

Ohio EPA

Ohio's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against the builders of the Rover natural gas pipeline, saying it polluted wetlands and waterways.

The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the Mahoning County Board of Elections' decision to reject another ballot measure that would have allowed Youngstown voters to ban fracking.

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The Ohio EPA has more than doubled the fines against a company building a natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to Michigan.

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved construction of the Nexus natural gas pipeline that's drawn intense opposition from some Ohio residents concerned about safety and property rights.

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Officials from the company building twin high-pressure natural gas pipelines across northern Ohio have told federal regulators sabotage or leaky equipment caused drilling slurry to become contaminated while cleaning a spill near the Tuscarawas River.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is ordering the company building the Rover natural gas pipeline to come up with a plan to clean up its spills from fracking and get rid of diesel-soaked mud.

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Majority Republicans in the Ohio House yesterday overrode 11 of Republican Governor John Kasich's vetoes of line items in the two-year state budget bill.

Ohio EPA

Ohio's environmental watchdog agency has increased the proposed penalty for the builder of a high-pressure natural gas pipeline after tests found diesel fuel in drilling mud spilled into a wetland.

U.S. Geological Survey

The U.S Geological Survey says a 3.4 magnitude earthquake struck just south of McArthur Wednesday afternoon.

A few weeks ago Julia Chapman's daughter was heading to a playdate across the street in their recently built suburb in Firestone, Colo. Suddenly, the friend's house exploded, killing two of the friend's relatives who were in the basement.

"It shook our home," Chapman says. "We came out and we saw that it was essentially just collapsed on itself. The insulation was still floating in the air, down the street."

In a rare victory for environmentalists under President Trump, the Senate rejected efforts to roll back an Obama-era rule limiting methane emissions from energy production sites on federal land.

The vote over the greenhouse gas was close — 49-51 — with Republican Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Susan Collins coming down against the resolution, which would have repealed the Bureau of Land Management's Methane Waste and Prevention Rule.

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The U.S. Senate is considering a House-passed measure that repeals a rule designed to reduce methane pollution from oil and natural gas wells on public lands.

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Officials in Green, Ohio plan to file a lawsuit to stop construction of a high-pressure natural gas pipeline, citing economic and environmental damage.

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