Energy & Environment

Indiana farmers make rapid progress planting corn

May 30, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana farmers who had worried that wet spring weather would prevent them from planting some of their corn fields are now ahead of schedule at getting the state's top crop in the ground.
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Developer pushing central Indiana wind farm plans

May 28, 2013
Associated Press
A developer has slightly scaled back plans for a central Indiana wind farm as the company tries to win approval from county officials for the estimated $300 million project.
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EPA seeks to add Keystone property to Superfund list

May 22, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday proposed adding three sites in Indiana—including one in Indianapolis—to its highest priority cleanup list for hazardous waste sites.
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Central Indiana county leaders back reservoir study

May 21, 2013
Associated Press
The Delaware County commissioners on Monday endorsed a resolution supporting environmental and engineering studies for the proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir.
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Proposed requirements could sink Muncie-area wind farm

May 19, 2013
A central Indiana official says the tough conditions opponents of a planned wind farm are seeking for the project would leave little room for the proposed power-generating wind turbines.
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River protest set for proposed central Indiana reservoir

May 17, 2013
Associated Press
Organizer and environmentalist Clarke Kahlo told The Herald Bulletin that the group is trying to build public awareness of the amount of land that would disappear if the reservoir is built.
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Top Indiana wind farm drafts bat-protection plan

May 15, 2013
Associated Press
The operators of Indiana's largest wind farm are proposing changing the nighttime operations of the farm's 300-plus wind turbines to protect endangered Indiana bats from being killed by the turbines' spinning blades.
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Indiana farmers catching up on some planting

May 14, 2013
Associated Press
A weekly report says 30 percent of Indiana's corn crop was planted as of Sunday, up from 8 percent the week before, but still off the 5-year average of 54 percent.
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Foes organizing against central Indiana wind farm plans

May 13, 2013
Associated Press
A Chicago-based company is seeking permission from Delaware County officials to build about 30 turbines across 15,000 acres of agricultural areas northeast of Muncie.
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Greenfield plant transforms waste into fertilizer

May 9, 2013
Associated Press
Spring gardeners, lawn manicurists and nursery folk of all varieties on the hunt for cheap fertilizer this planting season need look no farther than the Greenfield's wastewater treatment facility.
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Indiana's honey bee colonies see 30-percent drop

May 8, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's honey bee populations are taking a hit from a mysterious disorder that's devastating bee colonies across the nation.
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Central Indiana county not blocking wind farm plans

May 7, 2013
Associated Press
Delaware County commissioners decided Monday that they won't take immediate action on a moratorium to block a proposed wind farm.
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Indiana farmers still far behind planting corn crop

May 7, 2013
Associated Press
The federal government's weekly crop report says 8 percent of the Indiana corn crop was planted as of Sunday, well behind the 82 percent planted by the same time last year.
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Indiana firms lose ground on Fortune 500 list

May 7, 2013
Mason King
Five of the six Hoosier firms that appear in the 2013 rankings slipped from their positions in last year's list of the largest U.S. companies.
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Inquiry targets cellphone subsidiesRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Dan Human
State officials want to know how an Oklahoma City company managed to set up 30,000 Indiana accounts for a federally subsidized phone program in less than a year. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has launched an investigation into whether TerraCom LLC is repeating federal violations it allegedly committed in Oklahoma.
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IPL's $631M power plant to start construction in 2014

May 1, 2013
Mason King
Plans for the plant, officially announced Wednesday, call for an environmentally friendly facility outside of Martinsville that could produce 650 megawatts of power. Construction could employ 660 workers.
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Ag experts advising patience for Indiana corn farmers

May 1, 2013
Associated Press
As of Sunday, farmers in Indiana had planted just 1 percent of the corn crop, compared with the five-year average of 30 percent by the end of April, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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Developers suspend most Rockport gas plant work

April 30, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gasification project manager Mark Lubbers told the Evansville Courier & Press that neither the General Assembly nor Gov. Mike Pence support the project.
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Anderson loses 'Tree City' status after 21 years

April 29, 2013
Associated Press
Anderson's title, first granted in 1991, appears to have been lost due to issues with paperwork. The status is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation and others to recognize cities with viable tree-management plans and programs.
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Developers: Law will likely kill coal-gas plant

April 27, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gasification LLC project manager Mark Lubbers said developers wouldn't have tried to build the plant at Rockport if the law passed early Saturday morning had been in place.
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Plan for massive reservoir finding more support

April 24, 2013
Associated Press
Hundreds of residents gathered at Daleville High School on Tuesday night to hear about the proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir, a 2,100-acre project that could cost as much as $400 million to build.
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EPA eyes repairs to underground Indiana waste barrier

April 17, 2013
Associated Press
Work to rebuild a defective underground barrier designed to hold back tainted soil and groundwater at the site of a former auto parts plant should hopefully begin this year, the site's federal manager says.
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UPDATE: Lawmakers with ties to $2.8B plant dilute measures

April 16, 2013
Associated Press
Two Indiana lawmakers have spent the legislative session watering down opposition to a proposed $2.8 billion coal-gasification plant that would likely benefit their employers.
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Lawmaker seeks relief for fed-up water customers

April 11, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
As citizens of Zionsville, residents of the Royal Run subdivision have had little recourse against the Whitestown-owned water utility that charges them 78 percent more than its customers to the north.
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Power producer to build new HQ in Bloomington

April 11, 2013
Mason King
Hoosier Energy will invest about $27 million in 83,000-square-foot facility. The city of Bloomington has approved a 10-year tax abatement for the project.
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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