October 8, 2013Horizontal 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.
September 25, 2013The OEC respectfully submits the following comments on the proposed redesignation of central Ohio for meeting the 1997 PM2.5 standard. We agree with the Ohio EPA that the data reveals that the region has met the PM 2.5 standard. However, as the standard is tightened the region will most likely fall out of attainment. Particulate Matter 2.5, Health & Environmental Impacts PM 2.5 pollution is emitted from a myriad of sources including power plants, diesel engines, foundries, outdoor wood fired boilers and other sources.
August 5, 2013Issue includes: A Win for Wetlands; Clean Ohio Fund Update; The OEC's Law Center Celebrates 10 Years; and more!
June 28, 2013To Governor Kasich, submitted by Jack Shaner, Deputy Director, Ohio Environmental Council. The Ohio Environmental Council respectfully asks you to veto the following provisions of the Conference Committee report on House Bill 59. 1. TENORM DNRCD31 Disposal of Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material and Other Material from Horizontal Wells
June 27, 2013In February 2010, the Interagency Task Force released a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan covering fiscal years 2010-2014. The Action Plan identified the goals, objectives, measurable ecological targets, and specific actions to help rehabilitate the Great Lakes.
June 20, 2013Submitted to the Ohio General Assembly Members and Staff, by Jack Shaner, Deputy Director, Ohio Environmental Council The Ohio Environmental Council respectfully asks the Conference Committee and the General Assembly to vote for a cleaner, greener Ohio by supporting the following 10 improvements to the Operating Budget (House Bill 59). 1. Clean Ohio Fund A. $52M for Clean Ohio Fund - ACCEPT SENATE VERSION B. State Park Drilling Revenue Sharing - REJECT HOUSE AMENDMENT
June 14, 2013Every day, the Ohio Environmental Council takes on the big challenges to protect our natural world. With your support, we continue our efforts at the Statehouse, before Congress, and in the courtroom, because each victory we achieve is a victory for Ohio and for all who call Ohio home. Click the link below to read our most current Annual Report. For a print copy, contact us at OEC@theOEC.org or (614) 487-7506.
June 7, 2013Watch Jack Shaner, OEC's Deputy Director, discuss the environmental and health impact of fracking in Ohio with a representative from the oil and gas industry. Part of the Columbus Metropolitan Club's luncheon forums.
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