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December 22, 2016

Nine oil and gas companies have applied with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) for an “incidental take permit” (ITP) that would absolve them from legal liability under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for the “taking” of bats, i.e., the killing or harming of bats (including through habitat destruction).

December 16, 2016

Melanie Houston, Director of Oil and Gas

On Wednesday, the US EPA issued what appears to be their final assessment of the impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources.

December 13, 2016

Melanie Houston, Director of Oil and Gas
Chelsea McCormack, Oil and Gas Volunteer

Today the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) began auctioning off parcels of the Wayne National Forest for future oil and gas development. This morning the agency ran an online auction with an average bid of $89/acre.

December 5, 2016

Last week, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) came under fire for misleading the public on the effects of fracking on our drinking water. American Public Media (APM) released an investigative report showing the EPA made “eleventh-hour changes” to their fracking and drinking water study, essentially downplaying the known events of contamination. 

December 2, 2016

Melanie Houston, Director of Oil and Gas & Chelsea McCormack, OEC oil and gas volunteer

The Wayne National Forest is in imminent danger in Ohio. In case you haven’t been following the news, for the last year the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has proposed leasing some 40,000 acres of Ohio’s only national forest for oil and natural gas development, specifically through the use of hydraulic fracturing technology. 

The first auction takes place in just 12 days, on December 13, 2016. On this day, the BLM plans to auction off 1,600 acres of federally owned land in the Marietta unit of the Wayne, marking the beginning of a 20-year long leasing and development plan. 

November 21, 2016

By Trish Demeter, Managing Director

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I am not sure what is worse: Michigan beating us in anything, or specifically losing to that state up north when it comes to clean energy standards.

November 16, 2016

Anna Siriano, Communications Contractor

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Music is a powerful and inspiring tool for spreading our thoughts and ideals. It has been used for generations - from Beethoven’s expression of freedom in his Ninth symphony to Cat Stevens call for peace and, even now, in Kendrick Lamar’s reflections on being black in America.

November 4, 2016

Heather Taylor-Miesle, Executive Director
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Four days.
No matter what happens, most of us are going to get up the next day and go to work. I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a lot to do!
One of the biggest things on the horizon is making sure Ohio’s long-frozen clean energy standards are thawed on December 31.  

October 27, 2016

Melanie Houston, Director of Oil and Gas
Lauren Miller, OEC Methane Campaign Consultant

Sunday, October 23 marked the one year anniversary of Aliso Canyon - one of the most alarming and devastating climate disasters of our time. For those of you who may not have followed this story last year, Aliso Canyon in southern California is the location of one of the largest methane leaks in history from an underground natural gas storage field.

October 27, 2016

We are so very pleased to introduce this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winners, Cathy and Paul Knoop! The Knoop’s are long time friends and heroes of the OEC family, and we couldn’t be happier to celebrate their accomplishments at this year’s Green Gala.


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