Mining & Drilling

Ohio's waterways need your help!

The Ohio EPA (OEPA) is proposing to eliminate numerous protections for wetlands and streams impacted by oil and gas pipelines and coal mining sites. 

OEPA is counting on this special favor for fossil-fueled interests to go unnoticed by the public.

Act now and tell OEPA that you are watching and that gutting clean water protections is unacceptable!

Keystone XL Pipeline threatens drinking water, sets U.S. back on climate action

The OEC issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s Approval of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline:

“The OEC is deeply disappointed by the President Trump’s Administration’s approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which will be used to transport oil from Canada, through the US, to be sold to China.

"American communities are being asked to take on all of the risk of these pipelines without seeing substantial benefits.

Stories from fracking country: Ohioans on the frontline of oil and gas development demand stronger protections for their communities

Over three million Ohioans live within a half-mile of oil and gas development. In recent years, there have been a number of accidents, including chemicals fires, well blowouts, and spills in our state that have threatened the health and safety of people unfortunate enough to live nearby.

READ: Monroe County frack fire, little progress made, few lessons learned since fracking disaster.

Theodore Decker: Endangered bats, your days are numbered

That's why the timing of projects such as the Rover pipeline and increased drilling exploration in the Wayne couldn't be worse, said Nathan Johnson, an attorney with the Ohio Environmental Council.

"These bats are really on their heels as it is," he said. "They're on the brink of extinction."

Johnson is a bat ally, and there are others at his side.

Johnson said of the bats: "They're our best friends when it comes to insect and mosquito control. Some species are excellent pollinators, too."

Keep Wayne Wild Marietta Social Mixer

Join UCAN for an evening of fun in support of Wayne National Forest! The Adelphia is graciously hosting us for the evening. They will kick the night off with general info about what is being proposed in Wayne National Forest, a great film about fracking, and a night of local, live music! Little Fish Brewing Company is offering their special "Don't Frack Wayne" beer. $1 of each pint sold goes towards preserving WNF, so come thirsty! This is open to all, for all, and all about the Wayne! No politics please.

Keep Wayne Wild Marietta Workshop

Join UCAN for a 2 hour workshop for concerned citizens and groups in Marietta, OH who are facing the loss of up to 40,000 acres of their Wayne National Forest unit (which only consists of 60,000 acres) to gas development/extraction called hydraulic fracturing. This will be an educational opportunity to learn about what is happening to the forest and allow for community members to network with each other and develop local strategies for protecting WNF.


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