October 8, 2013Background Horizontal hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking,” is the use of high pressure to inject water mixed with sand and chemicals into deep shale rock formations, fracturing the rock and releasing the oil and gas inside. Fracking can pose risks to the environment from groundwater contamination to large fresh water withdrawals, as well as release of radioactive materials into the air and water.
April 18, 2013Should Ohio raise taxes (a "frack tax") on the lucrative oil and gas industry to help protect human health and our air, land, and water? The OEC says yes! The Issue Ohio Governor John Kasich has proposed to increase the state’s severance tax on oil and gas production. The Ohio Environmental Council supports an increase in the state’s severance tax.
April 17, 2013In May 2008, Ohio enacted landmark clean energy legislation (SB 221) that created a state plan for renewable energy and energy efficiency. This legislation requires electric utilities to generate 12.5% of electricity sales from renewable energy sources and enact efficiency programs to reduce energy consumption by 22% by 2025. Additionally, the law has a pro-consumer cap to protect ratepayers and ensure the benefits of the program outweigh the costs.
March 26, 2013The Clean Ohio Fund is a $400 million state bond initiative first approved by Ohio voters in 2000. In 2008, it was overwhelmingly renewed in all 88 counties with strong bipartisan support from the executive and legislative leadership.
March 15, 2013The Problem The exhaust rolling out from that diesel engine in front of you not only looks and smells bad, it is also bad for your health. Diesel engines are a source of many different dangerous air pollutants which affect human health and our community’s ability to meet and maintain federal Clean Air Act standards. Particulate pollution which is also known as soot, can penetrate deep in the lungs and trigger breathing ailments and heart attacks.
February 5, 2013“Vernal pools” are wetlands that fill up annually but typically dry out during part of the year. These usually small but very dynamic, wetlands fill with water, blossom with life and host a cacophony of sounds and a plethora of life forms every spring, only to disappear into the forest floor every autumn. Vernal pools are miniature, fascinatingly complex and fragile worlds of activity, which play out their drama in a few months every year.
November 16, 2012Outdoor wood-fired boilers (OWB), also called hydronic heaters, are freestanding wood burning devices that heat water, which is then pumped to one or more structures to provide heat.
October 17, 2012A relatively new drilling technology — known as high-volume, horizontal hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” — now makes it possible to reach natural gas reserves that underlie much of Ohio. This deep-shale natural gas drilling uses high-pressure injections of water, sand, and chemicals to release trapped gas. The Drilling Unit A company that seeks to drill an oil or gas well must have oil and gas rights to a certain amount of land around the well. This area is called a “drilling unit.”
January 11, 2010What is “Green” Contract Language? Green contract language (also known as "clean contracting") is a way that businesses operating diesel vehicles and equipment can help make a difference in our air quality. It is a requirement that directs the contractor to adhere to certain “clean” pollution control technology, fuel, and/or work practices during the completion of a construction project. Throughout the U.S. there are approximately 2 million pieces of construction equipment; in Ohio, at least 50,000.
October 17, 2009A relatively new drilling technology — known as high-volume, horizontal hydraulic fracturing (fracking)—now makes it possible to reach natural gas reserves that underlie much of Ohio. This deep-shale natural gas drilling uses high-pressure injections of water, sand, and chemicals to release trapped gas.