Press Releases

Press Releases

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.
June 26, 2014
76 percent of Ohio voters support federal Great Lakes restoration efforts Columbus, Ohio (June 26, 2014) – Solid majorities of Ohio voters from across political lines want stronger rules to curb farm field runoff, support federal investments to restore the Great Lakes, and agree that the Clean Water Act should cover wetlands and small streams, according to a new poll released today by the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, National Wildlife Federation, and Ohio Environmental Council.
June 17, 2014
In just two business days, Gov. John Kasich has dealt two fatal blows to Ohio’s clean energy future.  Fittingly, on Friday the 13th, Kasich signed Senate Bill 310 into law, all but scaring away any clean energy businesses from locating in Ohio. Today, he added insult to injury, approving a separate law change that will effectively kill any new utility-scale wind investment in Ohio.
Contact: Trish Demeter
June 13, 2014
From leader to loser. That's the new reputation Ohio will earn as it becomes the first state in the nation to roll back its renewable energy and energy efficiency standards, predicts the Ohio Environmental Council. "Dirtier air. Higher electric bills. Lost jobs and investment. These are the new 'dividends' in store for Ohio from this major divestiture in clean energy," said Trish Demeter, OEC Managing Director of Energy and Clean Air Programs.
Contact: Jack Shaner
June 2, 2014
The following statement on the Obama Administration’s proposed carbon pollution standards can be attributed to Brennan Howell, Director of Clean Energy and Climate Campaigns for the Ohio Environmental Council:  “The Obama Administration’s proposed carbon pollution standards are reasonable limitations on existing power plants that will protect future generations of Ohioans from the worst impacts of global warming.
May 29, 2014
 "We are disappointed that yet another season of open-lake disposal of dredged materials from the Toledo Harbor is in store for Lake Erie."   "But credit the Ohio EPA for committing to more environmentally-friendly, beneficial use of dredged materials from the Toledo Harbor in the near future.   "The Ohio EPA should move quickly to put to work the funding that Senator Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) successfully secured to identify and implement this effort--now.  
Contact: Kristy Meyer, MS
May 29, 2014
"Governor Kasich's announcement that he will sign the bill (Senate Bill 310) that guts Ohio's clean energy standards is an about face of his own energy policy and a regrettable decision that will cost Ohioans more on their utility bills, increase toxic air pollution, and drive private investment out of Ohio communities.  
Contact: Trish Demeter

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