Land Use

Statement from the Ohio Environmental Council on the Potential Purchase of ReCreation Lands by the State of Ohio

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) announced an initial plan to purchase ReCreation lands in eastern Ohio from American Electric Power (AEP). The first 7,000 acre purchase would be part of a larger 60,000 acre tract of reclaimed mines, which AEP has indicated they are willing to sell.

The following statement can be attributed in full, or in part to Heather Taylor-Miesle, Executive Director of the Ohio Environmental Council (OEC):

Rover Pipeline builders suggest recent spills were “sabotage,” point finger at everyone but themselves

Well, the plot thickens: Yesterday we learned that the parent-company of Rover, Energy Transfer Partners, filed a rebuttal against a stop-work-order for new construction of the pipeline.

This is likely another attempt to draw out negotiations and stall on complying with state and federal orders to clean up their mess.

Protect Geauga Parks to hear from Ohio Environmental Council official

Protect Geauga Parks will meet 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., June 1, at West Geauga Public Library, 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chester Township.

Nathan Johnson, Public Lands director of the Ohio Environmental Council, will be the speaker and his topic will be “Conservation Conversation – Public Lands in Peril.”

Attendees can find out what is going on in the public lands, and what citizens can do to help preserve, conserve and protect natural resources.

Call Kathy Hanratty 440-477-5468 for information or questions. Admission and parking are free.

This state park could be the number one target for fracking operations

Salt Fork State Park is Ohio’s largest state park, and one of its nicest. Located in Guernsey County, it also happens to be in a region with a lot of natural gas activity. Salt Fork’s size and location make it the number one target for fracking operations should the Ohio General Assembly open state lands to drilling this summer.

Learn more about the Ohio House’s proposal to allow fracking in state parks here.

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...


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