Environmental Health

Latino orgs join national climate campaign declaring ‘Sigo en Paris’

To build on the success of the first petition, today, LCV’s Chispa, LULAC, Latino Victory, Hispanic Federation, Voces Verdes, GreenLatinos, Azul, National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA), Climate Parents, Climate Caretakers, Greenpeace, Rock the Vote, Dosomething.org, Environmental Defense Center, and Surfrider Foundation are partnering with the Center for American Progress, the Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters, 350.org, Environment America, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Oxfam, Climate Nexus, the Environmental Defense Fund, The Climate Reality Project, Organizing

Health and Environmental groups sue EPA over its delay of clean air protections for millions

Earthjustice is representing American Lung Association, American Public Health Association, American Thoracic Society, National Parks Conservation Association, Natural Resources Defense Council, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Sierra Club, and West Harlem Environmental Action. In addition our partners on the suit include Clean Air Task Force (representing Clean Air Council and the Ohio Environmental Council), Environmental Law and Policy Center, and Environmental Defense Fund.

Fracking in State Parks

Gov. John Kasich signed the new state budget into law, but with 47 line-item vetoes. The Ohio House of Representatives overturned 11 of those vetoes, including Kasich's veto on allowing the Ohio General Assembly to take over appointing members to the Ohio Oil and Gas Leasing Commission. This could lead the way to fracking, or the process of drilling to extract oil and gas from shale rock, in state parks and other public lands.

Today we look at the process and the impact of this decision.

Ohio EPA upset with Rover

In a written statement, Heather Taylor-Miesle, executive director of the Ohio Environmental Council, said the group supported Ohio EPA’s effort to hold Rover and Energy Transfer accountable.

“Energy Transfer Partners should stand up and do what is right, and they justly should be held accountable for their disregard of Ohioans and our environment,” Taylor-Miesle wrote.

‘Government Violating Own Laws to Pave Way for Fracking Plan’ in Ohio’s Only National Forest

“The Wayne National Forest is home to many species who can’t afford to have their habitat damaged by oil and gas development,” said Nathan Johnson, public lands director with the Ohio Environmental Council. “We need to do all we can to protect wildlife that can’t protect themselves.”

In defense of veto, Kasich contends Medicaid-enrollment freeze is illegal

In another policy area, the Ohio Environmental Council — not always a friend of the governor — strongly praised his veto of a provision that probably would have brought fracking to Ohio state parks and other public lands.

“We cherish our state parks and state lands as places to hike, hunt, fish and enjoy with our families, and the governor’s veto keeps these lands safe from oil and gas development for the time being,” said Sarah Spence, director of government affairs for the council’s action fund.

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