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Bucolic Indiana town to become mega industrial center

August 18, 2018 – by John Blair, Valley Watch president and editor of valleywatch.net Every few years someone pursuing a “get rich quick” scheme comes up with an idea to use coal as a feedstock for other forms of energy … Continue reading

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Should a Cincinnati-based, multi-state commission eliminate its standards for Ohio River pollution?

July 11, 2018, by Nick Swartsell in (Cincinnati) City Beat. For seven decades, the Ohio River Water Sanitation Commission has overseen the health of the roughly 1,000-mile-long waterway that provides drinking water to more than 5 million people. But it may … Continue reading

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Clean Coal is elusive and very expensive

March 1, 2017 – by David Schlissel, IEEFA. Editor’s note: Valley Watch and our colleagues, Citizens Action Coalition and Sierra Club have challenged the Edwardsport plant since 2006 before the IURC and IDEM. Sadly, we failed to stop the plant. David Schlissel … Continue reading

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Rutter: Not much reason for Hoosiers to celebrate Earth Day

April 25, 2016 – by Dave Rutter in the Chicago Tribune We’ve celebrated Earth Day for 46 years to inspire ourselves, challenge old ideas and motivate people to take care of their planet. Sometimes it works. Sometimes no one really … Continue reading

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Will Indiana taxpayers be left holding the bag for Peabody Energy’s irresponsibility?

March 16, 2016 – by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor. It should be noted that Valley Watch has oft challenged Peabody Energy and is proud to say that we took them on and won an important eight year battle to kill their proposed … Continue reading

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Indiana and Kentucky near the bottom of “Eco Friendly States”

May 6, 2015 – by John S. Kieran on WalletHub.com Eco-friendliness and personal finance are essentially cousins. Not only are our environmental and financial necessities aligned – providing ourselves with sustainable clean drinking water and nutritious sustenance, for example – … Continue reading

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UPDATE: SECOND DAY of “Unhealthy” air but no alerts. A situation far too common in Evansville and we deserve better.

March 12, 2015 – by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor For the second day in a row, air quality in Evansville deteriorated to “unhealthy” levels and still no alerts. What goes here? Actually the level got all the way to 45.3µg/m3 at … Continue reading

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Score two victories for energy/environmental advocates in Indiana

February 26, 2015 – by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor.  In a rather surprising moment in the annals of Indiana legislative politics, Hoosier safe energy and environmental advocates had two big victories at the Indiana Statehouse on Tuesday 2/25/15. First it was … Continue reading

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Indiana, Kentucky near the bottom of Gallup “Well-Being” Index

February 19, 2015 – by Dan Witters in Gallop.com Alaska residents had the highest well-being in the nation in 2014, reaching the top spot for the first time since Gallup and Healthways began tracking well-being in 2008. West Virginia and … Continue reading

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Blair Steals Show at Ground Breaking December 19, 1985

October 2, 2014 – by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor This is a video shot by Fred McCool and Leonard Judd for WEHT-TV on December 19, 1985. Music and Editing were by then WEHT anchor, Paul Morrison. It shows me, John Blair, … Continue reading

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Legislature Receives Report Detailing Success of Energizing Indiana

August 19, 2014- Press Release from Citizens Action Coalition Discontinued programs delivered over $3 in benefits for every $1 spent On August 15th, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) submitted the Demand Side Management (DSM) Report to the Indiana General … Continue reading

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Reactionary response to carbon rule is misguided

June 6. 2014 – by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor “Every means at our disposal” is the way that Indiana Governor, Mike Pence asserts he will fight regulations proposed on June 2 by the USEPA designed to turn the corner on … Continue reading

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USA finally takes some action on Climate Change

June 2, 2014 – by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor June 2, 2014 will certainly go down in history as a potential turning point in the way humanity deals with the whole crisis of climate change and global warming. Today, EPA finally … Continue reading

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Valley Watch joins Sierra Club in challenge of Indiana Gasification permit extension

January 14, 2014- by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor Valley Watch has joined with the Sierra Club in filing a challenge of the recently extended permit for the proposed Indiana Gasification facility in Rockport.  Valley Watch feels strongly that IDEM did not … Continue reading

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Indiana Oil and Gas Director claims fracking is heavily regulated already

October 11, 2013 – by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor. Editor’s note: I must admit to a certain amount of skepticism when I deal with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources due to their really lax regulation of the coal industry and … Continue reading

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