Press Releases

Press Releases

December 18, 2014
What: Helped defeat HB 490, which would have put first responders at risk A coalition of environmental organizations, community organizing groups and concerned citizens including health professionals and first responders mobilized to help defeat HB 490, killing it in the Ohio Senate Agriculture Committee before it could move to the floor for a vote. 
December 17, 2014
Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council (SOPEC) uses Ohio Community Choice Law to get more than just low electric prices for ratepayers, prioritizes economic development and the environment Today, a local community in Southeast Ohio made huge strides in growing jobs, addressing climate change and stabilizing residents' utility bills - all with the stroke of a pen on what would otherwise be pretty mundane electricity supply contracts.
Contact: Trish Demeter
December 11, 2014
Statement of OEC Deputy Director Jack Shaner on news that the Ohio Senate has dropped its consideration of House Bill 490, Governor Kasich's mid-budget review for agriculture, environment, and natural resource policy: "What began as the Kasich Administration's promising strengthening of agricultural and environmental policy sadly devolved to a grab bag of giveaways to a handful of narrow special interests. Ohio Senate leaders were wise to set it aside.
Contact: Jack Shaner
November 26, 2014
The following statement on the Obama Administration’s recently proposed ozone standards can be attributed to Trish Demeter, Managing Director of Energy & Clean Air Programs for the Ohio Environmental Council:  “The US EPA’s announcement today regarding the new ozone standard will substantially reduce harmful air pollution that contributes to asthma, heart attacks and premature death. The proposed new limit will mean Ohio citizens benefit in two major ways: cleaner air and healthier lives."
Contact: Trish Demeter
November 20, 2014
READ THE OEC'S FULL COMMENTS HERE As the deadline looms for the US EPA's first ever rule to cut carbon dioxide pollution from coal-fired power plants, state regulators, advocates and power generators assess how Ohio will achieve a 28% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030.
Contact: Brennan Howell
November 19, 2014
Here is a brief summary of several important changes made by the House to HB 490, the Administration's MBR for ODAg, ODNR and OEPA. The OEC remains an Interested Party on Sub. HB 490, strongly supporting some provisions while strongly opposing others. We thank Chairman Hall and his Committee for the positive changes and urge the House to accept them.
November 14, 2014
Back-door option would ignore public and leasing laws An Ohio House committee is considering a stealth effort to re-open Ohio public lands to oil and gas drilling.  Ohio Governor John Kasich had seemed to slam the door on the issue when he declared last year that he had changed his mind and would not implement a bill he approved in 2011 to open Ohio public lands to oil and gas drilling. But the Ohio House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee this week unveiled a bill paving an alternative route for the oil and gas industry to drill in state-owned spaces.
November 14, 2014
Former ODNR director Sam Speck, Senator Randy Gardner, Appalachian Alliance and University of Cincinnati GRO Project recognized The Ohio Environmental Council will present its annual Environmental Achievement Awards at the OEC's annual Green Gala, set for tomorrow evening at COSI Columbus. Selected by the OEC board of directors from among nominations by its members and staff and the public, the awards recognize outstanding achievements in environmental conservation in Ohio. The award winners for 2014 are:
Contact: Jack Shaner
September 25, 2014
Groups release report from Listening Project, detailing real-life fracking experiences of Eastern Ohio residents The public will have an opportunity to learn about the attitudes of many Ohioans living in Eastern Ohio's "gas lands" at a unique forum set for Oct. 2 in Carrollton, Ohio.
September 24, 2014
Environmental and conservation groups are applauding mayors from around the region for convening a Great Lakes Water Quality Summit held today in Chicago, Illinois. The meeting, organized by the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Cities Initiative and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, comes on the heels of a number of drinking water bans impacting 500,000 Americans and Canadians this summer due to high levels of dangerous toxins from massive algal blooms in Lake Erie.

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