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The Price of Plastic

Petrochemical Industry Looks to Expand in Appalachia Written and photos by Liz Parstch For years, Southeast Ohio has been a hub for fossil fuel jobs that the industry claims employ millions. With the rise of coal mining in the 19th century and the fracking boom of the 2000s, the industry presents its latest push: plastic production.  Now, petrochemicals have their sights on a new destination in Appalachia: Belmont County, located in southeastern Ohio, to accompany an existing plant in Beaver County, Pennsylvania.  In Belmont County, a global chemical company from Bangkok, PTT Global Chemical, has proposed plans to construct an […]

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Cleaning Up Coal

By Joe Timmerman and Tre Spencer

The future of coal in a small village along the Ohio River looks bleak as the General James M. Gavin Power Plant contaminates groundwater with coal ash.

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The Barn Artist

Having grown up drawing, Hagan took on painting during high school. At age 19, he decided he wanted more of a challenge.  

“I just was starting to figure out that I liked painting things that were on the bigger scale,” Hagan says. “The biggest thing I could find to challenge myself was the side of [my] dad’s barn there.”   

Now, he is known as “Barn Artist.”