Suggested Readings for October 2023

MOVCA Selected Media Postings September 2023

Compiled by Cindy Taylor

Available on WTAP:

September 19, 2023 News article by Chase Campbell   Text and video  [Sean O’Leary (ORVI) is interviewed]

“Plans for Omnis Fuel Technologies Graphite Production Raise Concerns”

September 13, 2023 News article by Chase Campbell

“W.Va. DEP approves permit for planned medical waste incinerator in Jackson County”

Available on ABC 6:

September 15, 2023 Feature by Darrel Rowland    (Randi Pokladnik is interviewed)

“Fracking under Ohio state parks on agenda for the first time at Monday meeting”

Available on the Charleston Gazette-Mail: 

See articles by Mike Tony, Environment and Energy Reporter: 

September 25, 2023 Article by Mike Tony, Environment and Energy Reporter

“DEP seeks public comment on draft public engagement guidelines, including environmental justice analysis”

September 25, 2023 Article by Mike Tony, Environment and Energy Reporter

“DEP seeks public comment on draft public engagement guidelines, including environmental justice analysis”

September 7, 2023 Article by Mike Tony, Environment and Energy Reporter

“ ‘Let’s reinvent’: Omnis head talks big hydrogen game for Pleasants Power Station”

Available on Mountain State Spotlight:

September 26, 2023    Environment Article by Sarah Elbeshbishi

“Biden is touting hydrogen as a source of clean energy and West Virginia officials want in. Here’s what to know about hydrogen hubs”

September 6, 2023    Environment Article by Sarah Elbeshbishi

“Spurred by government funding, controversial waste-to-energy plants eye West Virginia”

Available on Athens County INDEPENDENT:

September 7, 2023 Article by Dani Kingston   (Article also published Sept. 9th in Inside Climate News)

“Local injection wells suspended over ‘imminent danger’ to drinking water”

Appearing in the Herald-Star (Steubenville);

September 29, 2023 Guest Column by Randi Pokladnik

“Democracy denied at oil, gas commission meeting”

Available on The Cleveland Plain Dealer:

September 15, 2023 Article by Jake Zuckerman, Sean McDonnell, Gretchen Cuda Kroen, and Peter Chakerian

“Nearly 150 now say they didn’t agree to use their names on pro-fracking form letters”

Available on Statehouse News Bureau: The Ohio Newsroom

September 20, 2023 News Article by Kendall Crawford

“Can we get rid of ‘forever chemicals?’ Ohio scientists research PFAS destruction”

Available on Ohio Capital Journal:

September 5, 2023 Article by Marty Schladen   Text and 4:30 audio

“Ohio utilities’ efficiency programs among the worst in wake of corruption utility law, report says”

 September 4, 2023 Article by Kathiann M. Kowalski

“Federal funds can help Ohio electric co-ops cut costs and carbon emissions”

September 4, 2023 Article by Kathiann M. Kowalski

“Critics question how climate-friendly an Appalachian ‘blue’ hydrogen hub will be”

Available on Save Ohio Parks:

September 15, 2023 Press Release about letter to Oil and Gas Land Management Commission  & Attorney General

“19 Ohio Organizations Urge State Officials to Halt State Land Leasing Decisions Until Investigations of Alleged Fake “Pro-Fracking” comments concludes”     (MOVCA was a signatory.   Link to letter provided.)

Available on the WV Climate Alliance:

September 20, 2022k  Press Release

“Public Energy Authority Must Follow State Code and Appoint an Environmental Advocate”

Available on West Virginia Environmental Council (WVEC):

September 19, 2023 WVEC Action Alert

“Urgent: Support updated rules for oil and gas cleanup protection”

Available on West Virginia Rivers:

September 2023 Newsletter

“What’s Happening at WV Rivers- September 2023”

Appearing on-line on Ohio River Valley Institute

September 20, 2023 Article  REPORT by Mark Partridge and Nick Messenger

“A Bigger Bang Approach to Economic Development: An Application to Rural Appalachian Ohio Energy Boomtowns”.

September 18, 2023 Article by Eric de Place and Julia Stone

“The Meaning of MVP” How Fracking in Appalachia is Linked to Downstream Climate-Killing Infrastructure”

Appearing on-line on ReImagine Appalachia:

September 27, 2023 10:30 -Noon  Event #2 in the SWPA Bioeconomy Series hosted by ReImagine Beaver Co.

“Economic Design for the Long Run with Industrial Hemp”  [Recording link provided.]

September 21, 2023 Article by Jessica Arriens, Senior Program Manager for Climate and Energy Policy at NWF

“Awesome Tax Credit Guidance – Autumn”

September 20, 2023 Press Statement

“ReImagine Appalachia Hails President Biden’s American Climate Corps”

September 7, 2023 Article by Annie Contractor and Molly Updegrove

“Your Community May Benefit from the New Recomplete Pilot Program”


Available on The WHITE HOUSE:

September 20, 2023 Press Release about American Climate Corps

“FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Launces American Climate Corps to Train Young People in Clean Energy, Conservation, and Climate Resilience Skills, Create Good-Paying Jobs and Tackle the Climate Crisis’

Available on

September 18, 2023 Article by Justin Nobel

“Inside West Virginia’s Chernobyl” A highly radioactive oil and gas facility has become a party sport in Marion County.

Available from

September 21, 2023 Press Release about new REPORT. (Link to report included)
“New research shows impact of building-electrification policies on reducing housing emissions”

Available on Science & Environmental Health Network:

September 28, 2023 Article by Sandra Steingraber, SEHN senior scientist

“The RePercussion Section: Tigers Abroad – Scientists Call for an End to Fossil Fuels on the Streets of New York”

September 28, 2023 Remarks by Sandra Steingraber, SEHN senior scientist  Text and recording link provided.

“Prepared Remarks of Testimony for the Columbian Debates on Fracking. Recorded on August 28,2023”

Available on Common Dreams:

September 29, 2023 Article by Brett Wilkins

“Microplastics in Clouds Could Be ‘Contaminating Nearly Everything We Eat and Drink’: Study

September 20, 2023 Article by Jake Johnson

“Embracing FDR’s Spirit and Progressive Demand, Biden Unveils American Climate Corps”

September 5, 2023 Opinion by Bill Kitchen

“Will the Mountain Valley Pipeline Safety Order Have Teeth, and Does Biden Care?

Available on The Guardian:

September 30, 2023  Climate crisis article by Damian Carrington, Environment editor    Interview with Michael Mann

“ ‘We’re not doomed yet’: climate scientist Michael Mann on our last chance to save human civilisation”

September 29, 2023 Article by Jonathan Watts, Lucy Swan, Rich Cousins, Garry Blight, Harvey Symons and Paul Scruton

“The hottest summer in human history – a visual timeline”

September 26, 2023   Article by Fiona Harvey, Environmental Editor

“ ‘Staggering’ green growth gives hope for 1.5C says global energy chief”

September 26, 2023   Article by Stephen Buranuyl

“ ‘We are just getting started’: the plastic-eating bacteria that could change the world”

September 17, 2023 Climate Crisis article by Dharna Noor and Aliya Uteuova

“Tens of thousands in NYC march against fossil fuels as AOC hails powerful message”

September 13, 2023 PFAS article by Kyle Bagenstose

“In our blood: how the US allowed toxic chemicals to seep into our lives”

September 11, 2023 Article by Fiona Harvey, Environmental editor

“Heat pumps twice as efficient as fossil fuel systems in cold weather, study finds”

Available on Inside Climate News:

September 26, 2023 Politics & Policy Article by Jon Hurdle

“A Drop in Emissions, and a Jobs Bonanza? Critics Question Benefits of a Proposed Hydrogen Hub for the Appalachian Region”

September 26, 2023 Fossil Fuels article by Terry L. Jones and Pam Radtke, Floodlight

“ A Known Risk: How Carbon Stored Underground Could Find Its Way Back Into the Atmosphere: Other concerns include the potential for earthquakes and contamination of groundwater”

September 13, 2023 Fossil Fuels article by Dani Kington, Athens County Independent

“Ohio Injection Wells Suspended Over “Imminent Danger to Drinking Water”

September 5, 2023 Science Article by Danish Bajwa

“A Medical Toolkit for Climate Resiliency Is Built on the Latest Epidemiology and ER Best Practices”

Available on Yale Environment 360:

September 19, 2023 Article by Jim Robbins

“Road Hazard: Evidence Mounts on Toxic Pollution from Tires”

Available from Yale Climate Connections:

September 27, 2023 Article by YCC Team

“Electric vehicles may improve a community’s health”

September 20, 2023 Article by Dana Nuccitelli

“The Inflation Reduction Act is reducing U.S. reliance on China”