Press Releases

Press Releases

September 17, 2014
Statement of OEC Deputy Director Jack Shaner on Ohio Senate President Keith Faber's appointments to the Energy Mandates Study Committee: "The whole study committee seems like an insincere side show. "First, the General Assembly 'convicts' the standards of growing too many new jobs and investment, saving consumers too much money, and cleaning the air too much. It 'penalizes' the standards by hobbling and outright repealing critical parts of the law. Then it directs an 'appeal' of its verdict to be heard by a subset of the same 'jury' that voted to 'convict' the standards.
Contact: Jack Shaner
September 9, 2014
An industry-cozy new rule proposed by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) signals the agency's abandonment of oversight responsibilities over oil and gas pipelines and coal mining operations.  That's the charge leveled by environmental advocates concerning the OEPA's proposed revisions to rules that require state review of projects that will harm Ohio waterways.
September 3, 2014
A new poll released today shows just how out of step state lawmakers are with the average Ohio voter on clean energy and energy efficiency issues. The survey of 405 registered Ohio voters shows that support for clean energy and energy efficiency is strong, with support cutting across age, gender, and political affiliation.
Contact: Brian Kaiser
August 14, 2014
"Gov. Kasich is right to order immediate funding to help municipal water treatment system operators and farmers to better protect Lake Erie and Ohio's inland lakes from toxic algae. No-interest loans for water system equipment and treatment plant upgrades, uniform testing protocols and training, and more research along with more funding for stepped-up soil and water conservation efforts by more farmers is altogether appropriate.
Contact: Adam Rissien, MS
August 6, 2014
Alliance for the Great Lakes * American Rivers * —Environment Ohio —* Freshwater Future * —Lake Erie Charter Boat Association —* Lake Erie Waterkeeper Inc. —* Ohio Environmental Council—* National Wildlife Federation —* Sierra Club   
August 2, 2014
Ohio Environmental Council and Alliance for the Great Lakes Issue Joint Statement on Toledo Drinking Water Crisis Our thoughts are with all of the Toledo area residents who woke up to the horrible news this morning that they cannot use their tap water because it is toxic. Today's drinking water crisis is a loud wake-up call not just for the city, but also for the nation. High levels of a dangerous toxin, microcystin, caused by algal blooms in Lake Erie have compromised the City of Toledo’s drinking water.
July 23, 2014
As clean-up efforts continue, advocates unveil damning incident report  and call for strengthened safeguards for firefighter & public safety, drinking water & wildlife As mop up continues at the scene of a massive fracking well pad fire that ignited nearly a month ago near Clarington, Ohio (Monroe County), environmental advocates are asking why officials of Ohio's primary agency responsible for oil and gas oversight were repeatedly AWOL during the first week of field "Unified Command" meetings of agency and company officials following the fire's start.
July 17, 2014
Pilot project may sow series of "environmental victory gardens" across Ohio's north coast, diverting dredged material from Lake Erie disposal to beneficial reuse The Ohio Environmental Council is praising Ohio Gov. John Kasich's administration for engineering a pilot project to find beneficial new uses for sediments dredged from the Toledo harbor. Underwritten by a $10 million fund championed by State Sen. Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green), the project aims to divert the dredgings from disposal in the open waters of Lake Erie to safe reuse on shore.
Contact: Jack Shaner
July 10, 2014
We Need to Take Major Steps to Reduce Nutrient Pollution, or Forecasts like this will become commonplace The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast an above-average harmful bloom of algae to spread across portions of Lake Erie by September this year. The 2014 bloom is anticipated to be similar to those of 2009 and 2010 according to models by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The forecast was announced this morning at a briefing at Ohio Sea Grant's Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island in the western basin of Lake Erie.
Contact: Adam Rissien, MS
June 30, 2014
Unprecedented Pollution in one of Ohio’s Most Pristine Streams; OEC Calls for Stronger Stream Protections As the smoke clears from the site of a roaring weekend fire that engulfed the well pad of a fracking site in Clarington (Monroe County), Ohio, a disturbing new problem apparently related to the blaze has emerged: an enormous fish kill in nearby Opossum Creek. State Wildlife agents were inspecting the creek yesterday and confirmed that a kill occurred.

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