March 10, 2014The following comments are submitted by the Ohio Environmental Council, The Buckeye Forest Council, Sierra Club – Ohio Chapter, People’s Oil & Gas Collaborative – Ohio, and Bennett & Williams Environmental Consultants, Inc. (on behalf of the City of Canton Water Department).
Sub. House Bill 223 (As Pending) - Revitalizing vacant, abandoned, and blighted houses and neighborhoods
February 26, 2014OEC's Summary Expedites the foreclosure procedures for abandoned residential properties and unoccupied and blighted parcels. Enables a court to deem foreclosed residential properties abandoned when the plaintiff does not seek a writ of execution as required by the bill or a property fails to sell at sheriff's auction two times. Extinguishes an owner's or a lienholder's right of redemption of a residential property that has been deemed abandoned. Establishes new procedures for pricing residential properties at a sheriff's sale.
January 27, 2014Thank you for this opportunity to present Interested Party testimony on House Bill 375 (As Introduced). The Ohio Environmental Council shares the objective of the General Assembly, the Kasich Administration, the oil and gas industry, and other interested parties to identify an appropriate rate of severance taxation on the production of oil and gas in Ohio. This, of course, is especially timely, given the growth in oil and gas activity as the horizontal shale gas "play" in Ohio expands.
December 20, 2013The proliferation of shale gas wells in Ohio using horizontal hydraulic fracturing methods has heightened concerns among scientists, landowners, and the public. Questions about leases, roadways and truck traffic, chemicals used in drilling, emergency response, water testing, and potential health effects have been raised. The Ohio Environmental Council has created this resource guide for anyone interested in information about shale gas drilling ("fracking"), especially residents in eastern Ohio.
November 13, 2013Chairman Hite, Vice Chairman Balderson, Ranking Minority Member Gentile and members of the Senate Agriculture Committee, thank you for the opportunity to offer interested party testimony on Sub SB 150. My name is Kristen Kubitza and I am the Director of Water Policy and Outreach for the Ohio Environmental Council.
November 1, 2013On behalf of our over 100 member environmental/conservation organizations and thousands of individual members throughout the state of Ohio, the Ohio Environmental Council (“OEC”) submits these comments to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (“OEPA” or “Agency”) for your consideration regarding proposed concepts for regulating the acceptance of Technologically Enhanced Radioactive Material (“TENORM”).
October 8, 2013Background Horizontal hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking,” is the use of high pressure to inject water mixed with sand and chemicals into deep shale rock formations, fracturing the rock and releasing the oil and gas inside. Fracking can pose risks to the environment from groundwater contamination to large fresh water withdrawals, as well as release of radioactive materials into the air and water.
October 2, 2013OEC opposes Substitute Senate Bill 58 which will increase electric rates for all consumers, harm the environment, and take Ohio backwards. Thank you for allowing several opportunities for opponents to testify; the Substitute Bill is very complex and analyzing the full effects of each proposed change to Ohio's utility regulations will take some time.
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