OEC In the News

Keep up with media coverage of the OEC and the issues that are important to you.

Water consumption not disclosed for all wells

September 22, 2014
Melanie Houston, director of water policy for Ohio Environmental Council, said it’s hard to gauge the accuracy of FracFocus disclosures.“It’s an honor system,” she said. “We have to rely on the industry essentially to be an honest broker in reporting this information about use of water.”

Congressman calls for Army dredging reform

September 18, 2014
U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (R., Bowling Green) introduced legislation Wednesday calling for an end to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ highly controversial practice of dumping sediment dredged from the Great Lakes shipping channels, including Toledo’s, back into the lake water.  

Supporters of renewable energy, efficiency standards question Senate leader's picks for study panel

September 18, 2014
Jack Shaner of the Ohio Environmental Council noted that five of the six senators selected by Senate President Keith Faber to study the future of renewable energy voted for a two-year freeze on mandates for utilities.

Ohio EPA may rework wetlands permits

September 8, 2014
Nathan Johnson, an attorney for the Ohio Environmental Council, said the rule changes will make it easier for companies that build oil and gas pipelines or mine coal to pollute water. “Basically, what it’s saying is: All oil and gas pipelines, coal mining, you’re no longer subject to review by the Ohio EPA; you’re just going to get this rubber-stamped by us,” he said.

LISTEN: What’s the Latest with Fracking and Shale Drilling?

September 4, 2014
For the last forty years America has worried about where to get its energy from. But the discovery of fracking and the apparently abundant supply of shale has turned those tables. Some say this boom in the local energy industry will lead to a renaissance in manufacturing. Others advise caution, and point to a recent fire at a drilling site as the impetus for new rules to govern the industry.  

Toledo's water crisis points to continued dangers to drinking supply: Adam Rissien, Ohio Environmental Council

August 18, 2014
Guest columnist Adam Rissien director of agricultural and water policy at the Ohio Environmental Council. He writes in favor of regulations to control algal blooms in Lake Erie.  

What will it take to save Lake Erie?

August 17, 2014
The prescription is to limit the nutrients that are getting into Lake Erie,” Jack Shaner, the deputy director of the Ohio Environmental Council, told me. “Agriculture is the least regulated of all the sources. We need the political will to fill the prescription.” The council is among nine prominent environmental groups in Ohio that have issued an action agenda for cleaning up Lake Erie. It’s a good foundation for debate.

State will use $150 million to combat toxic algae

August 15, 2014
“We’re not trying to find a way to live with toxic algae,” said Adam Rissien, agricultural director for the Ohio Environmental Council, an advocacy group. “We should be trying to find a way to prevent it from happening.”

Toxic algal bloom shuts off water, but green slime limited so far to Toledo

August 12, 2014
"What is distressing is that it now appears that a moderate bloom can produce high levels of microcystin," said Adam Rissien, director of agricultural and water policy for the Ohio Environmental Council. "A much better job needs to be done of managing the agricultural phosphorus that feeds the algal blooms, such as a ban on spreading manure in winter on frozen ground.