OEC In the News

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Industry, Environmental Groups Plug Bill To Address 'Orphan' Oil And Gas Wells Across State

June 7, 2017
Melanie Houston, director of Oil and Gas for the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund, also relayed her group's support for the bill. "Orphan wells pose a hazard to the environment and to human...

Two environmental groups ask Ohio EPA to reject coal mine permit

June 5, 2017
In a joint comment filed last Thursday, the Sierra Club and the Ohio Environmental Council asked the Ohio EPA to deny a permit to Oxford Mining Company that would allow it to impact streams and...

Barberton Steel Industries issued violation after mineral oil spill into Tuscarawas River

June 1, 2017
The Ohio Environmental Council, an advocacy organization based in Columbus, said that despite the quick clean up, the oil spill will likely still have adverse effects on the river’s ecosystem. “There...

Protect Geauga Parks to hear from Ohio Environmental Council official

May 31, 2017
Protect Geauga Parks will meet 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., June 1, at West Geauga Public Library, 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chester Township. Nathan Johnson, Public Lands director of the Ohio Environmental...

Lorain, Lake port authorities try to harness benefits of Lake Erie

May 26, 2017
Lake Erie attracts more than 7 million people to Ohio annually, according to the Ohio Environmental Council. Tourism supports an $11.5 billion-plus annual tourism and travel industry and brings in $1...

Vinton County Has First-Recorded Earthquake

May 25, 2017
“We looked and saw how close the earthquake’s epicenter was located to injection wells for fracking. In an eight to ten mile range, there were seven different injection wells,” said Melanie Houston,...

Vinton County quake probably not fracking-related, state says

May 24, 2017
Melanie Houston, director of oil and gas for the Ohio Environmental Council, said the earthquake Wednesday renews the environmental coalition’s concerns about fracking. Fracking involves pumping a...

Proposed cuts concern Ohio environmental officials, scientists

May 24, 2017
Millions of Ohio residents depend on Lake Erie for their water supply, said Donald Wiggins Jr., a coordinator for the Ohio Environmental Council. “Lake Erie is a crippled body of water,” Wiggins said...

Could the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak happen in Ohio? New study examines the risk

May 23, 2017
Natural gas storage fields are typically between 1,000 and 5,000 feet underground. But, “when an accident occurs at these facilities, it can create a major public health risk for unsuspecting...

U.S. won't force Ohio to label Lake Erie 'impaired'

May 23, 2017
The U.S. EPA decision “preserves a status quo of insufficient action and lack of urgency in addressing one of the most vexing problems facing Lake Erie and the many people, communities, and...

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