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!

A 3.4 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Near the Wayne National Forest

This afternoon, a 3.4 magnitude earthquake struck near the Wayne National Forest in southeastern Ohio. The earthquake occurred at 12:24 p.m., with an epicenter 1.24 miles south of McArthur, in Vinton County. Details are still emerging about the event.  Earthquakes in the area are uncommon, especially at such a magnitude. This is the second 3.0 magnitude or higher earthquake in southeastern Ohio since the beginning of April.

Could the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak happen in Ohio? New study examines the risk

Natural gas storage fields are typically between 1,000 and 5,000 feet underground. But, “when an accident occurs at these facilities, it can create a major public health risk for unsuspecting neighbors,” said Melanie Houston at the Ohio Environmental Council. “And that risk is amplified by the fact that there are very limited standards in place for operators of these facilities.”...

Feds shut down new drilling along Rover pipeline project

The almost-weekly spills of bentonite — a natural clay used as a drilling lubricant — have smothered wildlife habitat and gunked up water infrastructure, said Heather Taylor-Miesle, executive director of the advocacy group Ohio Environmental Council.

“It’s one thing to have an inadvertent spill every once in a while. At what point does it stop being inadvertent and just become reckless?” she said.

Energy Transfer Partners Spills TWO MILLION Gallons Of Drilling Material In Ohio

The federal approval of the Rover pipeline reflects a dual national trend: continued reliance on fossil fuels, and the striking down of regulations against fracking public lands, according to Heather Taylor-Miesle of the Ohio Environmental Council, an organization dedicated to helping individuals, communities, and businesses “go green,” as its website says.

Ohio pipeline spill raises broader questions about oversight

“From its onset, the Rover Pipeline project has been a disaster for Ohio’s fragile wetland ecosystems,” said Heather Taylor-Miesle of the Ohio Environmental Council. In her view, the company’s spills “demonstrate a lack of respect for both Ohio’s environment and the people who live here.”...

On May 2, the Ohio Environmental Council, Sierra Club and two other groups sued in federal court to block plans to allow drilling in parts of the Wayne National Forest in southeastern Ohio.

The Ohio Environmental Council Announces Ad Buy Highlighting Sen. Portman's Recent Vote Against Methane Emissions Standards

Following Sen. Portman’s vote to allow the oil and gas industry to leak methane gas on public lands, the Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) is releasing a statewide ad buy highlighting the vote for all Ohioans.

In a procedural vote on H.J. Res. 36 that ultimately failed 51-49, Sen. Portman voted in favor of utilizing the Congressional Review Act to strip the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) rules limiting methane emissions on federally owned lands.

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