Good evening. My name is Melanie Houston. I am a resident of Grandview Heights, a public interest advocate, a wife and a mother. My daughter Quinn is three, soon-to-be four years old and likes ice skating, swimming, and getting her face painted. Aside from my work in environmental advocacy, being a mother is the joy of my life. But it’s a hard job, especially in a day and age when there are so many challenges to keeping our children safe and healthy.
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I should know, as Senator Randy Gardner did the right thing for Ohio by publicly announcing that he is against drilling in state parks, quoting the following letter that I wrote to him:
“Sen. Randall L. Gardner,
I urge you to vote against effort to override Governor Kasich's line item veto the Oil and Gas Leasing Commission Amendment to the budget bill.
Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued its “State of the Climate in 2016” report indicating that last year was the hottest on record. For those of you who’ve been following this issue, the news will likely come as no surprise.
In fact, this is the third year in a row to be called “the hottest on record.” The trend shows an alarming increase in global temperatures that are already causing a number of negative health and environmental impacts across the globe.
Yesterday the US EPA officially closed the comment period on two proposals to stay critical methane emission standards-- standards which would have protected tens of thousands of Ohioans.The EPA finalized these standards in 2016 to reduce methane pollution released from new oil and gas facilities.
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.
What would you do if you woke up to news that you couldn’t drink or bathe in your water? How would this affect your daily routine? Cooking, taking medicine, bathing, doing laundry, even making your morning cup of joe would all become difficult, if not impossible tasks.
For my fellow Toledoans and I, these questions aren’t theoretical.
On July 13th, Columbus residents alongside leaders of local public health departments urged the continuation of federal, state, and local programs to protect and defend the health of everyday Ohioans.
The current administration has proposed cutting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency budget by 31 percent – more than any other federal agency. Those cuts would hit Ohio and Columbus area programs hard, too – for air, land, and water quality initiatives that keep people healthy and safe.
“In Ohio alone, close to 30,000 children will suffer from asthma attacks due to smog pollution caused by oil and gas pollution. As someone who suffers from asthma attacks, I can not imagine the turmoil and fear a parent must feel when they’re sitting in the emergency room with their child who is just trying to breathe.” - Lauren Miller, resident of Cincinnati
By mid-year 2016, Flint, Michigan became a symbol for America’s emerging drinking water crises. Flint’s water issues began long before 2016, and the city’s residents continue to deal with the devastating impacts of the water crisis. Flint, Michigan became the red flag alerting us to larger-systemic issues. Since Flint, the number of water-related incidents have exploded in the news. To understand these issues and incidents, we must understand how our drinking water is protected, affected, and provided.