Land Use

In a Win for the Wayne National Forest, the U.S. Senate Voted to Protect Public Lands

Today, the U.S. Senate protected public lands by voting against using the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Interior Department’s Methane and Waste Prevention Rule. The following statement can be attributed in full, or in part, to Heather Taylor-Miesle, Executive Director of the Ohio Environmental Council (OEC): 

While cause remains unclear, earthquake prompts new look at Ohio fracking

The April 2 earthquake “is a concern because it shows we don’t have a handle on all of the risks involved in this industry,” said Melanie Houston of the Ohio Environmental Council.

That worry is heightened by the fact that the federal government wants to open up more of the Wayne National Forest area for oil and gas development. “We’re inviting it into our only national forest, and it is really a concern and a problem for us,” Houston said...

ODNR: Was earthquake connected to fracking? Earthquake struck in Wayne Nat'l Forest where drilling is proposed

“This earthquake is a clear example of the risks involved in fracking,” Melanie Houston, director of oil and gas for the Ohio Environmental Council, said in a news release. She took the opportunity to criticize the federal government’s recent leasing of oil and gas rights in the Wayne National Forest. The earthquake reportedly struck in an area within the national forest, which adjoins and often surrounds private land holdings in Monroe County.

Nature fans gather at endangered Sawmill Wetlands to celebrate spring

Heather Taylor-Miesle, executive director of the Ohio Environmental Council, hopes the legal wrangling between the state and the private developer won’t end in the Sawmill Wetland’s erasure. She said she’s still hopeful for an out-of-court arrangement.

“While these two parties are squabbling, who loses out? The people do,” she said. “Let’s save the heartbreak and sit down at a table and figure it out.”

Urban Conservation Technician

The Licking County Soil & Water Conservation District is seeking a full time Urban Conservation Technician. The successful candidate will provide technical assistance and education for urban conservation, with a focus on assisting local MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) operators with mandated responsibilities for the Ohio EPA NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) Program.


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