Tag Archives: Valley Watch

Agreement allows AEP’s Rockport plant to avoid “scrubbers” until 2028

February 27, 2013- by Sonal Patel in POWERnews. Editor’s Note: Valley Watch was one of the original litigants in the suit filed in 1999. However, it dropped out of the suit in late 2007 since AEP was going to be given … Continue reading

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Peabody Energy Gets Subpoena From SEC Relating to Prairie State

February 27, 2013-By Sonja Elmquist, Bloomberg Peabody Energy Corp. (BTU), the largest U.S. coal producer, said the Securities and Exchange Commission served it with a subpoena seeking information and documents relating to the development of the Prairie State power station. … Continue reading

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Spinning the truth on Leucadia’s Rockport SNG plant

February 18, 2013-by Kerwin Olson, Executive Director, Citizens Action Coalition The Indiana Senate Committee on Utilities is prepared to take a vote this week on SB510, the legislation intended to protect captive Hoosier gas ratepayers from the shenanigans of a Park Avenue … Continue reading

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If the Tri-State were a State, we would be 3rd in the release of toxic chemicals to the air, nationwide.

August 14, 2012 – Press Release of  Valley Watch, Inc. Last week, headlines in this region showed that Kentucky placed first and Indiana fourth in the release of toxic chemicals to our air from coal plants, according to a study … Continue reading

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Duke Energy settlement unsettles utility’s fiercest foe- Dan Carptenter Indy Star Columnist

May 6, 2012-Column by Dan Carpenter in the Indianapolis Star News They were a voice in the wilderness when they took on mighty Duke Energy Corp. and its $3 billion Edwardsport coal gasification plant five years ago. Now that Duke … Continue reading

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Alternative Uses for Coal Stuck in Neutral-Natural Gas is just too cheap

March 28, 2012-By Ken Silverstein in EnergyBiz Applying new technologies is admirable. But sticking businesses with huge bills to pay that progress is not. That’s what Exelon and other critics are saying about a proposed plant to convert coal to … Continue reading

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Has Spring really Sprung or is it just simply climate change?

January 30, 2012-by John Blair, valley watch.net editor. Sure crocuses have bloomed in January before and mild weather has marked previous winters in the Tri-State, but it seems that everyone is talking these days bout the fact that even in … Continue reading

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Unique “Peoples’ Public Hearing” planned for Vectren Customers to candidly address Vectren’s top managment

Valley Watch Press Release- Hearing designed for Vectren Management to hear customer grievances What can only be described as “unique,” Valley Watch is proud to announce that it will host a People’s Public Hearing on Vectren’s service, rates and policies on … Continue reading

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Ohio coal to liquid plant bites the dust

October 15, 2011-by John Blair, valley watch.net editor  Once touted as the economic savior of the little town of Wellsville, Ohio as early as 2006, Baard Energy was issued an air pollution and construction permit in the Fall of 2008 … Continue reading

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South Bend Trib-Shine a light on this rate increase

October 9, 2011-Editorial in the South Bend Tribune If you are among Indiana Michigan Power’s 458,000 customers in Indiana, you already may be worrying about how you’ll pay your bill if the utility makes its case for a 22.7 percent … Continue reading

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Is the sun setting on “clean” coal

Carbon Capture and Sequestration might soon be nothing more than a relic in a “might have been” history book. July 17, 2011-by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor Most people who have studied the issue easily understand that coal is not clean … Continue reading

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Office of Consumer Counselor reverses stance on Duke Energy’s Edwardsport plant

July 8. 2011-by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor. In a shocking reversal of position, the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) has reversed its support for the Duke Energy Edwardsport power plant fiasco. Just last November 3, OUCC head, David … Continue reading

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Valley Watch responds to the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

July 7, 2011- by John Blair, Valley Watch President. Valley Watch generally applauds the finalization of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. In fact we know that when fully implemented between now and 2014, the lives of many people in the … Continue reading

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John Blair testifies at USEPA’s Air Toxics hearing in Chicago regarding toxic pollution in the tri-state

May 24, 2011-by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor. Twenty-one years after the US Congress ordered EPA to develop rules to control the release of toxic chemicals from coal and oil fired power plants, EPA proposed a rule to do so in … Continue reading

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Valley Watch responds to EPA Air Toxics proposal

March 16, 2011-Press Release from Valley Watch regarding EPA’s proposal to reduce toxic emissions from power plants. Valley Watch is pleased that EPA has finally proposed concrete rules to control toxic air pollution from coal fired power plants. “Required by … Continue reading

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