OEC In the News

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

Canada sets in motion microbeads prohibition

November 28, 2016
“While they may not seem scary, these tiny plastic beads can have a devastating impact on fish, wildlife, and humans,” Kristy Meyer, Ohio Environmental Council managing director of natural resources...

Against the wind: Ohio lawmaker pushes for stricter rules on wind development

November 14, 2016
“When the statute was passed, there was no public discussion and no analysis on whether or not the increased setback distance was necessary, as it was enacted hastily in Ohio House Bill 483,” said...

FirstEnergy ‘bailout’ raises questions of corporate separation

October 18, 2016
A new charge ordered by Ohio regulators last week could add up to $1 billion into FirstEnergy’s coffers without requiring the company to do any specific work in return. While the company says the...

Wayne forest could be used for fracking

October 18, 2016
"This decision is bad for wildlife, bad for recreation, and bad for the overall health of the Wayne," said Nathan Johnson, an attorney for the Ohio Environmental Council, in an e-mail. He said his...

BLM Announces Oil/Gas Lease Sale For Ohio's Wayne National Forest

October 18, 2016
The BLM said it received 14,180 public comments on the draft EA. The lease sale notice was issued on Monday, marking the beginning of what could be more lease sales across the land identified for oil...

Ohio deserves better

October 13, 2016
And Trish Demeter, managing director of energy programs for the Ohio Environmental Council, said customers will be saddled with millions of dollars for mistakes the utility made as the state has lost...

State regulators approve new rate plan for FirstEnergy

October 12, 2016
The plan has been opposed by the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, environmental organizations, consumer organizations, and electricity marketers who argue it would undermine market competition not only in...

PUCO approves $132 million rider rate hike for FirstEnergy, meaning higher monthly bills for

October 12, 2016
"For years, FirstEnergy doubled down on dirty energy and led the effort to kill Ohio's clean energy standards, which made them less competitive in today's market," Trish Demeter, managing director of...

New Ohio law requires mapping of lead pipes in water systems' service areas; stricter federal laws expected in 2017

October 12, 2016
"The bill is the most significant effort in the country to address lead contamination in our drinking water," said Melanie Houston, the Ohio Environmental Council's director of oil and gas. CLEVELAND...

Lawmakers race to change Ohio's renewable energy standards

October 6, 2016
“The trends in the (renewable) marketplace out there are not going to wait for us,” Trish Demeter with the Ohio Environmental Council said. “They’re not going to wait for Ohio to set the right policy...

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