OEC In the News

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

State Officials Investigating Massive Fish Kill

July 2, 2014
“It looks as though the fire or operations associated with it created a very large fish kill,” Johnson said. “It's one of the largest in the state’s history, certainly associated with oil and gas operations."

Ohioans support action to preserve Great Lakes, poll finds

July 2, 2014
The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, National Wildlife Federation and the Ohio Environmental Council paid for the poll, carried out by Fallon Research and Communications of Columbus.

U.S. House passes algae-control bill

June 26, 2014
Kristy Meyer of the Ohio Environmental Council praised Mr. Portman for his work on expanding the bill to include the Great Lakes but said it is important not to create redundant programs. “We’‍ll be watching it to make sure we’re not duplicating other efforts that are happening,” she said.

People to Know: Trish Demeter

June 25, 2014
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Ohio takes 1st big step to slow Lake Erie algae

June 19, 2014
"It's a positive step forward, but it's a small step," said Kristen Kubitza, director of water policy for the Ohio Environmental Council.

VIDEO: EPA Regulations and the Future of Coal

June 18, 2014
It is estimated that one-third of the United States energy came from coal in 2012. However, coal has also been blamed for a large amount of the US’s carbon emissions. Does regulating and reducing carbon emissions result in lost jobs and increased energy prices, or are the coal companies simply blowing smoke?

Ohio bill revisits Kasich's 2012 clean-energy plan

June 18, 2014
Jack Shaner, of the Ohio Environmental Council, said any governor who supported alternative energy just two years ago should logically veto a proposal to freeze those standards when it hits his desk in 2014. The council joins advanced energy interests — those companies that incorporate new technologies with traditional energy sources to reduce environmental harm — in pushing Kasich to veto the bill. Faith leaders, civil-rights activists and others also want a veto.

Ohio needs to support feds on carbon rules

June 12, 2014
On June 2 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made an historic move in the release of their draft carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. The move was historic for two reasons: these regulations, once finalized, will be the first-ever carbon dioxide emissions limits set for our nation's fossil-dependent power fleet, and unlike other regulations that curb harmful air pollution, the standards will give states tremendous flexibility in how to comply.

Ohio working with US agency on Lake Erie silt plan

June 5, 2014
Kristy Meyer, of the Ohio Environmental Council, said it was disappointing that open-lake dumping will continue this year. "But credit the Ohio EPA for committing to more environmentally-friendly, beneficial use of dredged materials," she said.  

Companies to Kasich: Don’t sign energy bill

June 5, 2014
The mandates are “vital tools to ensure that Ohio can cost-effectively implement US EPA’s carbon pollution rule for existing power plants,” wrote Trish Demeter of the Ohio Environmental Council. She said repeal will lead to more releases of “toxic pollution into the air.”