Energy & Environment

Authorities seek cause, assess damages of fatal explosion

November 12, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis Deputy Code Enforcement Director Adam Collins said 80 homes were damaged in the Richmond Hill neighborhood, including 31 houses that might need to be demolished. He estimated the damage at $3.6 million.
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Out-of-the-way telecom company to branch into IndyRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Smithville Telephone, headquartered in Ellettsville, near Bloomington, is the state’s largest independently owned phone company. Its Smithville Digital division, which provides fiber-optic communications to businesses, hospitals and schools in 17 Indiana counties, mostly in the south, has quietly been growing on the periphery of Indianapolis.
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Hoosier Environmental Council's job no easier with Pence administrationRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Group plans full-time presence at Statehouse to guard against governor, Republican legislature rolling back environmental protections.
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CountryMark buying oil, natural gas operations for $125 million

November 9, 2012
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based CountryMark Cooperative Holding Corp. said Friday morning that it has agreed to pay $125 million to purchase a portion of the oil and natural gas operations of Continental Resources Inc. in Oklahoma City.
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Duke Energy earnings hurt by mild weather

November 8, 2012
Associated Press
Duke Energy Corp., the nation's largest electric utility by market value, reported stronger-than-expected earnings for the third quarter, but company executives said the outlook for strong economic growth in the U.S. is dim.
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Farm fatalities fall in Indiana; no children die

November 8, 2012
Associated Press
A new Purdue University report says farm-related deaths in Indiana fell to 16 last year and none involved children for the first time in 13 years.
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Indiana's oldest ethanol plant shuts down, idling 40

November 6, 2012
Associated Press
High corn prices, large ethanol inventories, lower gas prices and lower fuel demand were factors cited for the shutdown.
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Westfield votes to approve $91M water utility sale

November 5, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Westfield City Council voted 6-1 Monday night to transfer its water and wastewater assets to Citizens Energy Group for $91 million.
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Dry cleaners' solvents taint Martinsville's waterRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed placing the city of Martinsville on its Superfund priority list, citing groundwater contamination traced to several former dry cleaning shops in the heart of town.
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Dry cleaners moving to 'perc' alternativesRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Chris O'Malley
One of the region’s largest dry cleaning companies recently washed its hands of perchloroethylene, the dry cleaning chemical at the heart of about 170 cleaner site cleanups statewide.
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Backers of 30-year gas-purchase deal to press on

October 30, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Finance Authority and Indiana Gasification LLC plan to amend a 30-year contract that obligates the state to buy the company's synthetic natural gas. The move is in reaction to an appeals court ruling that reversed regulators' approval of the deal.
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Container makers want to restore fizz to state's recycling fundRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The money, long ago diverted by Gov. Daniels to the state's general fund, would help reduce landfill waste and lower manufacturing costs.
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Farmland prices going up in much of Indiana

October 19, 2012
Associated Press
A September study by Purdue University found farmland prices were as much as 18 percent higher than in 2011, and some appraisers say they continue to go up.
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Lawmakers question Abound loan, citing quality issues

October 11, 2012
Bloomberg News
House Republicans want more information about a $400 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Energy Department to Abound Solar Inc., citing reports that significant “technological difficulties” with the company’s solar panels were known before the aid was approved.
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City waterways initiative floats economic development ideas

October 6, 2012
Mason King
More than 100 local groups are joining forces to rehabilitate neglected rivers and streams in Marion County in the hope of sparking redevelopment.
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BROWNE: Finishing touches just now coming to Georgia StreetRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Bill Browne / Special to IBJ
Time didn't permit final upgrades before Super Bowl crowds descended on stretch.
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Citizens' Westfield utility acquisition will help with broader system needsRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The $91 million water and sewer deal is expected to improve water distribution between northeast and northwest suburbs.
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Electronics recycler adds 125 jobs in Plainfield

October 3, 2012
A recycling business that launched a local expansion project 18 months ago says the decision led to 125 new jobs.
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Cummins gets EPA approval for key engine

October 1, 2012
Dan Human
Cummins Inc. has received the Environmental Protection Agency’s blessing on a redesigned engine that will meet the first-ever set of federal standards for heavy-duty truck emissions.
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Nature Conservancy HQ gets top green certification

September 27, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Nature Conservancy's energy-efficient Indiana headquarters has been certified with a top energy rating for innovations that include three wind turbines.
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Vectren agrees to settlement in Indiana gas explosion

September 25, 2012
Associated Press
Vectren Corp. has agreed to pay $75,000 in penalties and take other steps in response to a natural gas explosion that destroyed a southern Indiana home and injured five people.
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Citizens agrees to buy Westfield utilities for $91M

September 24, 2012
The proposed sale to Citizens Energy Group would include Westfield's water and wastewater utilities. Citizens bought water utilities from the city of Indianapolis last year for $1.9 billion.
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Citizens Energy to roll out combined billsRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Gas, water and sewer charges will be consolidated into one mailing to reap savings promised in merger of gas, water utilities.
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Wind farm in limbo over tax-credit uncertainty

September 21, 2012
Associated Press
Unless Congress votes to extend renewable energy tax credits by the end of the year, E-on Climate & Renewables has to have all 125 wind turbines operational in Phase 1 of the Wildcat Wind Farm in northern Madison County and eastern Tipton County.
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Group seeks to halt spending on Ohio River bridges

September 21, 2012
Associated Press
A group that opposes two new planned Ohio River bridges is asking a judge to force Indiana and Kentucky to halt spending on the $2.6 billion project.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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