OEC In the News

Keep up with media coverage of the OEC and the issues that are important to you.

Trump may shrink EPA, but effects in Ohio to be delayed

February 15, 2017
"From Columbus to Cleveland to Marietta to everywhere, we have a lot of money from the federal government that funds clean drinking water," said Trent Dougherty, legal director for the advocacy group...

Plan to fight harmful algal blooms released

February 9, 2017
Kristy Meyer, managing director of natural resources for the Ohio Environmental Council, said the plan isn't tough enough. “We are happy to see Ohio follow through on its commitment to develop a plan...

Under seldom-used law, Congress reverses Obama environmental rule affecting coal mining

February 4, 2017
The rule would have imposed more stream monitoring and testing before, during and after mining projects. Operators would be expected to detect and correct any ecological problem that arises using...

Ohio Gov. Kasich again pushes for oil and gas severance tax increase

February 3, 2017
The communities in eastern and southeastern Ohio where the Marcellus and Utica plays extend are already struggling, noted Melanie Houston at the Ohio Environmental Council.

It Need a Regional Agreement that Does Too?

February 3, 2017
Over the past few months, our Headwaters series has been exploring the future of the Ohio River. And many say that to transform the river’s longstanding reputation as a “working river,” we’ll need...

Lawsuit Launched Over Fracking in Wayne National Forest

January 30, 2017
The groups assert fracking would industrialize Ohio's only national forest, increase climate pollution, destroy the Indiana bat's habitat and risk contamination of water supplies that support...

Conservation groups threaten lawsuit to end auctions, ban fracking in Wayne National Forest

January 26, 2017
The Center for Biological Diversity, Ohio Environmental Council, Heartwood, and Sierra Club filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the federal agencies, charging them with violating the Endangered...

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approves AEP-Ohio energy efficiency plan

January 25, 2017
On Dec. 9, 2016, AEP-Ohio and 13 interested parties signed a stipulation solving all unsettled issues and recommended PUCO approval. The stipulation was signed by AEP-Ohio, PUCO staff, Environmental...