OEC In the News

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

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.

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.  

Pages