Ohio passed legislation in 2018 that increased funds for capping oil and natural gas wells with no identifiable owners or that are bankrupt. But an analysis of state data shows the rate they’re being capped has been declining at 5% per year since the 1990s.
We Asked, Though, for Text Messages with the Gov’s Chief of Staff, PUC Chair, First Energy CEO and a Lobbyist…. It took four and a half months, but we finally got a response to our request for records of powerful Ohio House Majority Leader Bill Seitz relating to a disgraced official and the $61 million… Read more »
FirstEnergy Corp. admits to paying $4 million to end a consulting contract with “an entity associated with an individual who subsequently was appointed” as utilities regulator. The contract began in 2013, when Randazzo began buying properties.
C&BP launches “The Randazzo Accountability Project,” building upon several years of our previous investigative work into various players in Columbus’s culture of corruption.
At the ALEC Annual Meeting, on the first full day after his arrival, Seitz’ calendar shows that he met with the ALEC finance board and attended a lunch with donors.
A new investigation uncovers how a sophisticated social media disinformation campaign helped to convince Van Wert County to reject further wind development.
While Van Wert County ended all wind energy development, Paulding, located to its north, embraced it. The results are that Paulding County taxpayers are benefiting from increased county tax revenue, stronger public schools and a boost in its bond rating by the international agency Moody’s Investor Service.
Kevon Martis positions himself as a volunteer who travels the country educating local communities. “I am not paid by the fossil fuel companies to fight wind,” Martis declared, but admitted that his expenses are covered.
An examination of public records obtained by Checks and Balances Project shows that county commissioners were the target of anti-wind propaganda supported by or aligned with the interests of oil, natural gas, and coal companies.
In a recent article in the Advertiser-Tribune of Tiffin, Ohio, a Seneca anti-wind leader lauded Mr. Kerschner for making a “motion to rescind the county’s Alternative Energy Zone.”