OEC In the News

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

Bill alters reporting of fracking chemicals in Ohio

November 24, 2014
“We are concerned,” said Melanie Houston, the director of water policy and environmental health at the Ohio Environmental Council, an advocacy group. “The local (emergency responders) will have to go through ODNR and their database to get the information, and we’re worried. Will they have it when they need it in the event of an emergency? Basically, we think the law should stay as it is."

Lawmakers may prohibit manure on frozen fields to combat algae

November 18, 2014
“That’s a giant step in the right direction,” said Adam Rissien, director of agricultural and water policy for the Ohio Environmental Council. “It shows a good-faith effort by the committee to listen to constituents in the Lake Erie basin.”

Advocates question job figures in Ohio coal plant dispute

November 14, 2014
Plants covered by the plans are “old, inefficient and frankly too expensive to run,” said Brian Kaiser, a policy director at the Ohio Environmental Council. “And that’s why utilities are trying to pass the buck. They want ratepayers to prop these plants up.” “Just a few years ago, these same utilities were begging Ohio lawmakers to be allowed to keep the free market,” Kaiser continued. “And now, when the invisible hand of the market is pushing them aside, they’re coming back and asking for bailouts.”

Ohio Shale Country Listening Project report to be unveiled Oct. 2

October 16, 2014
he Ohio Shale Country Listening Project report is a collaboration between CURE, OOC, FracTracker, Laborers International Union Local 809 and the Ohio Environmental Council. It includes detailed findings and policy recommendations, with copies provided at the meeting.

Carroll & Columbiana Co. tell us what YOU Think!

October 16, 2014
“The oil and gas industry has done a nice job painting a very rosy picture of what fracking will bring to our state,” stated Melanie Houston, Director of Water Policy & Environmental Health at the Ohio Environmental Council, “The Listening Project will give people living in the gaslands of Eastern Ohio an opportunity to share their observations and will help the public at large learn a fuller picture of the impacts of shale gas development in Ohio”

Protect Ohio’s forests

October 16, 2014
Because private forests are held by many owners in relatively small tracts, public forests are among the state’s most important unfragmented forests, Nathan Johnson, an attorney for the Ohio Environmental Council, told The Blade’s editorial page. These forests are vital to maintaining biodiversity.

Toxic Lake Erie algal blooms “reversible” experts say . . . but only if we stop the blame game and work together

October 5, 2014
Adam Rissien, Director of Agricultural and Water Policy for the Ohio Environmental Council, emphasizes that changing things in the agricultural community will curb unnecessary and excessive fertilizer use, both of which are main culprits of algae blooms and poor water quality.

Ohio Listening Project survey: Drilling is having negative impacts

October 3, 2014
The Listening Project, which solicited, summarized and shared the perspectives and observations of those directly experiencing the shale gas boom, was a collaborative effort by in eastern Ohio the Ohio Environmental Council (OEC), FracTracker.org, Laborers Local 809 of Steubenville, Policy Matters Ohio and Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services.

Group Releases Shale Report

October 1, 2014
In response to the ever-growing concerns of residents in the shale communities, the OOC and CURE have worked with several local organizations over the course of six months, including FracTracker, Laborers International Union Local 809 and the Ohio Environmental Council, to collect nearly 800 surveys from people living in the middle of the Utica Shale Play. The findings have been detailed in a report and also include policy recommendations based on the findings.