Mohican-Memorial State Forest enjoys the gold standard of administrative protection in the state forest system. The public worked with the state for several years to win that special status -- official state protection as a future old growth forest. After 20 years, the state is proposing to remove this special status from nearly half of the forest.
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This week, Ohio released a draft of its latest plan to tackle Lake Erie’s toxic algae. The long awaited plan details Ohio’s role in the binational agreement between Great Lakes states and province to reduce algae-causing pollution by 40% by 2025.
Nothing is more fundamental to our health than the water we drink and, unfortunately, Ohio is no stranger to water crises. From toxic algae plaguing nearly half-a-million Toledoans to lead tainted water in communities across Ohio, real concerns exist about where we source our drinking water and what flows out of our taps. Unfortunately, earlier this year President Trump repealed a rule that would have reinstated Clean Water Act protections to the streams, rivers, and wetlands millions of Ohioans rely on for safe drinking water.
Little debate exists about the sources of phosphorus pollution feeding toxic algal growths in Lake Erie. Scientists point to the large amounts coming from agricultural production in the western Lake Erie watershed that flow out of the Maumee River and into the lake.
The fallout and indirect damage from the irresponsible operations of Rover Pipeline’s parent company continue to mount in Ohio. Just last week we learned from a citizen complaint to our office as well as a Canton Repository article that at least 100 households in the Canton area are experiencing problems with their drinking water.
Below is my testimony against EPA budget cuts. I delivered this at the Citizens Hearing on EPA Budget Cuts earlier this week, along with 9 other concerned citizens and a panel of experts voicing their concerns for the EPA. Enjoy.
Your voice is important and powerful.
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.