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Feds Are Auctioning Drilling Rights in Ohio's Wayne National Forests

December 12, 2016
But, the Ohio Environmental Council opposes the sale of rights in the Wayne National Forrest. It is filing an appeal with the Bureau of Land Management asking it not to go through with the sales....

Lake Erie reaps bounty from Congressional water legislation; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blocked from open-lake dumping

December 12, 2016
"Today is a great day for our Great Lakes," said Kristy Meyer, director of Natural Resources for the Ohio Environmental Council. "Amidst all the partisan gridlock in Congress, Republicans and...

Groups fight plans for fracking in Wayne National Forest

December 12, 2016
“They’re trying to cram everything into this outdated, 10-year-old bottle,” said Nathan Johnson, a natural resources attorney for the Ohio Environmental Council. “It’s inexcusable.”

Groups fight plans for fracking in Wayne National Forest

December 11, 2016
Critics of the auction also question the adequacy of several official environmental reviews that were performed. They say the impact assessments rely on decade-old studies that don’t include updates...

Groups fight plans for fracking in Wayne National Forest

December 11, 2016
“They’re trying to cram everything into this outdated, 10-year-old bottle,” said Nathan Johnson, a natural resources attorney for the Ohio Environmental Council. “It’s inexcusable.”

‘Giveaway’ for utilities included in bill to make Ohio energy standards voluntary

December 7, 2016
An energy bill that would make compliance with the state’s clean energy standards voluntary until 2020 now heads to the Ohio Senate with a new provision that critics call an added “giveaway” for...

Bills fly through legislature at dizzying pace

December 6, 2016
RENEWABLE ENERGY STANDARDS: The House voted 54-40 in favor of House Bill 554, which waters down benchmarks for renewable energy use in Ohio by making the standards voluntary instead of mandatory over...

Wayne National Forest could soon be fracking site

December 1, 2016
"This will be bad for wildlife. It will be bad for recreation and bad just for the health of the forest, generally. Another problem is the federal government isn't following its own laws. This is...

Petition, Protests Could Affect Oil/Gas Lease Sale For Ohio National Forest

December 1, 2016
The protest was co-filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Earth, Heartwood, the Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) and the Sierra Club. OEC spokesperson Brian Kaiser said the BLM...

Ohio Senate bill would end freeze on green power rules

November 28, 2016
“It does not take Ohio in the right direction whatsoever,” said Trish Demeter, managing director for energy programs with the Ohio Environmental Council. “At a time when other states and other parts...

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