Testimony

Testimony

OEC Memo: Remaining Budget Priorities

June 18, 2015
In a memo to Ohio General Assembly, the OEC details its remaining budget priorities and the best way to address them. 

Interested Party Testimony - House Bill 64 - Biennial Operating Budget

June 9, 2015
The Ohio Environmental Council respectfully presents the following comments and amendment recommendations to the FY 2016 - FY 2017 operating budgets of the Environmental Protection Agency and Departments of Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Transportation. Our recommendations strive to help achieve 3 basic objectives. 

Declaration of Kristy Meyer, Managing Director of Agricultural, Health, and Clean Water Programs

May 19, 2015
In this declaration, Kristy Meyer writes in support of the State of Ohio's lawsuit against the US Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps threatened to stop dredging Cleveland Harbor unless the state accepted its plan to dump the toxic-laced sediment into the open waters of Lake Erie. Read the full declaration below.

Interested Party Testimony - Substitute House Bill 64 (As Pending in Committee)

April 20, 2015
  We respectfully request the following amendments to Substitute House Bill 64 (As Pending in Committee). While we make many amendment recommendations, the following eight are our top priority. Each of our recommendations strive to help achieve one or more of these basic objectives:

Interested Party Testimony of Trent Dougherty on the Governor's Operating Budget

March 12, 2015
Chairman Thompson, Ranking Member O'Brien, and Members of the Ohio House Subcommittee on Agriculture, Development, and Natural Resources, thank you for this opportunity to present Interested Party testimony on the Governor's Operating Budget, House Bill 64 (As Introduced). My name is Trent Dougherty, Legal Affairs Director of the Ohio Environmental Council. The OEC is a not-for profit network of more than 100 group-members and several thousand citizen-members. Our mission is to secure clean air, land, and water for all who call Ohio home.

OEC Testimony of Jack Shaner on the Governor's Operating Budget

March 13, 2015
Chairman Thompson, Ranking Member O'Brien, and Members of the Ohio House Subcommittee on Agriculture, Development, and Natural Resources, thank you for this opportunity to present Interested Party testimony on the Governor's Operating Budget, House Bill 64 (As Introduced). My name is Jack Shaner, Deputy Director of the Ohio Environmental Council. The OEC is a not-for profit network of more than 100 group-members and several thousand citizen-members. Our mission is to secure clean air, land, and water for all who call Ohio home.

OEC's Opponent Testimony Substitute House Bill 8

February 25, 2015
Chairman Landis, Vice Chair Hagan, Ranking Member O’Brien and Members of the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee, on behalf of the Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) I thank you for the opportunity to testify on Substitute House Bill (Sub HB) 8.   While we testify today as opponents, we do so with a sincere hope that improvements to key provisions can be made through the Committee process.  

Testimony of Jack Shaner, Deputy Director, Ohio Environmental Council Regarding Oil and Gas Severance Tax Provisions of the Executive Budget

March 3, 2015
House Bill 64 (As Introduced) Presented to the Ohio House Ways and Means Committee ] Chairman McClain, Vice-Chair Scherer, Ranking Member Cera, and Members of the Ohio House Ways and Means Committee, thank you for this opportunity to present Interested Party testimony on the oil and gas severance tax provisions of the Governor's Executive Budget, House Bill 64 (As Introduced).

Interested Party Testimony - Ohio Transportation Budget - Sub House Bill 53

February 25, 2015
Interested Party Testimony - Jack Shaner, Deputy Director, Ohio Environmental CouncilOhio Transportation Budget - Sub. House Bill 53 - As Pending in House Finance CommitteeOhio House Finance CommitteeOhio Statehouse - February 25, 2015 Chair Smith, Vice Chair Schuring, Ranking Member Driehaus, and Members of the Committee-

OEC INITIAL COMMENTS RE U.S. ARMY CORPS’ STUDY: "INFLUENCE OF OPEN-LAKE PLACEMENT OF DREDGED MATERIAL ON WESTERN LAKE ERIE BASIN HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOMS"

February 9, 2015
The Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) has several concerns regarding the U.S. Army Corps’ (USACE) 2014 study: “Influence of Open-Lake Placement of Dredged Material on Western Lake Erie Basin Harmful Algal Blooms.” First, OEC believes that the study is informed by a faulty premise: that if open-lake disposal is not resulting in greater than existing background SRP and HABs, then disposal in this manner is not resulting in harmful ecological impacts.