Ohio Senate Public Utilities Committee Opponent Testimony – Ohio Senate Bill 310

April 9, 2014
Chairman Seitz, Ranking Member Kearney and members of the Ohio Senate Public Utilities Committee; My name is Trish Demeter and I am the Managing Director of Energy and Clean Air Programs for the Ohio Environmental Council (OEC). Thank you for the opportunity to provide comments today on Ohio Senate Bill 310. The OEC is opposed to SB 310 for several reasons:

House Bill 497 - Capital Budget Bill - Clean Ohio Fund

March 29, 2014
Amended House Bill 497 (As Passed by the Ohio House) Capital Budget Bill Sponsored by Representative Ron Amstutz Bill Summary Amended House Bill 497 (As Passed by the House) authorizes the following capital project funding:

Comments on Proposed 401 Certification for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Cleveland Harbor Dredging Project

March 15, 2014
The Ohio Environmental Council (“OEC”) represents over 100 member environmental and conservation organizations, as well as thousands of individual members throughout the state of Ohio. On behalf of these members, we submit the following comments to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (“OEPA”) for consideration regarding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (“USACE”) 401 application to dredge the Cleveland Harbor’s navigation channel and dump an estimated 80% the dredge material in the open waters of Lake Erie.

OEC Comments on PUCO's 5 Year Rule Review - Ohio's Clean Energy Standards & Implementation of Ohio Senate Bill 315

March 14, 2014
Pursuant to the January 29, 2014 Entry by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (“PUCO” or “Commission”) in the above-captioned dockets, Ohio Environmental Council, Environmental Law & Policy Center, Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Defense Fund, and Citizens Coalition (collectively “Environmental and Consumer Advocates”) hereby submit comments on the Commission Staff’s proposed rule changes (“Draft Rules”). The Draft Rules cover a number of issues regarding energy efficiency and alternative energy measurement, reporting, and compliance activities.

Comments on Proposed Horizontal Well Site Construction Rules

March 10, 2014
The 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, 2014
OEC'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.

Testimony: House Bill 375 - Oil and Gas Severance Tax

January 27, 2014
Thank 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.

Shale Gas Development in Ohio

December 20, 2013
The 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.