OEC In the News

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Should swimming be banned when Lake Erie water is unsafe? Toxic algae policies differ across Ohio.

August 24, 2015
Last year, Lake Erie's algae problems attracted international attention after toxins detected in Toledo's drinking water left the city without safe water for three days. Most of that attention;...

U.S. EPA releases plan to curtail methane emissions from oil, gas wells, pipelines, processing plants, storage facilities

August 19, 2015
“We know that people living in oil and gas country in Ohio are particularly vulnerable to health problems from air pollution,” said Melanie Houston of the Ohio Environmental Council. “The methane...

Ohio wildlife area may be first mined since court ruling

August 16, 2015
Nathan Johnson, a lawyer for the Ohio Environmental Council, an advocacy group, criticized the plan. “Strip mining means the total destruction of the land,” he said. “In this case, it means the...

Environmentalists fear launch of strip mining in Ohio state wildlife area

August 10, 2015
“Strip mining means the total destruction of the land,” said Nathan Johnson, lawyer for the Ohio Environmental Council, an advocacy group.

Column: Ohio’s farmers should be growing food, not fuel

August 5, 2015
In Toledo, a massive bloom in 2014 left more than half a million people in the city without drinking water. The Ohio Environmental Council declared, “A much better job needs to be done of managing...

On the anniversary of the Toledo water crisis, algae returns

July 31, 2015
Adam Rissien, director of agricultural and water policy for the Ohio Environmental Council, said that while scientists agree that most of the phosphorus that gets into Lake Erie comes from runoff...

Analysis: Gov. John Kasich on the Environment

July 31, 2015
“Governor Kasich is not necessarily your truest, bluest, greenest friend on the environment, nor is he an arch enemy of the environment,” says Jack Shaner of the Ohio Environmental Council, a citizen...

Officials visit Lake Erie, discuss last year’s water crisis

July 29, 2015
A large contingent of elected and public officials gathered on the Lake Erie shoreline in eastern Lucas County’s Jerusalem Township this morning to discuss how last year’s Toledo water crisis...

No Taxation Without (Oil and Gas) Representation

July 29, 2015
Gov. John Kasich’s fracking tax succumbs to GOP and industry powers

Increased Fracking Water Use in Ohio: Compromising Watershed Integrity?

July 13, 2015
Melanie Houston, director of water policy and environmental health with the advocacy group Ohio Environmental Council, says the fracking of Marcellus and Utica shale formations in Ohio put the state...