The for-profit corporate structure of Hardworking Ohioans, Inc. and other groups precludes transparency on how companies use money to influence energy policy.
Latest developments don’t resolve ongoing market problems for coal.
An environmental group says Ohio’s Reclamation Forfeiture Fund is inadequately funded in violation of federal law.
Coal mining could still proceed at Ohio park and conservation lands, even after a subsidiary of Murray Energy Corporation withdrew its application to mine under part of Barkcamp State Park.
Clean-energy advocates question claims made by a coal company and say they do not justify subsidizing unregulated power plants that can’t compete effectively in Ohio’s deregulated generation market.