Mining & Drilling

Ohio's waterways need your help!

The Ohio EPA (OEPA) is proposing to eliminate numerous protections for wetlands and streams impacted by oil and gas pipelines and coal mining sites. 

OEPA is counting on this special favor for fossil-fueled interests to go unnoticed by the public.

Act now and tell OEPA that you are watching and that gutting clean water protections is unacceptable!

Feds shut down new drilling along Rover pipeline project

The almost-weekly spills of bentonite — a natural clay used as a drilling lubricant — have smothered wildlife habitat and gunked up water infrastructure, said Heather Taylor-Miesle, executive director of the advocacy group Ohio Environmental Council.

“It’s one thing to have an inadvertent spill every once in a while. At what point does it stop being inadvertent and just become reckless?” she said.

Energy Transfer Partners Spills TWO MILLION Gallons Of Drilling Material In Ohio

The federal approval of the Rover pipeline reflects a dual national trend: continued reliance on fossil fuels, and the striking down of regulations against fracking public lands, according to Heather Taylor-Miesle of the Ohio Environmental Council, an organization dedicated to helping individuals, communities, and businesses “go green,” as its website says.

Ohio pipeline spill raises broader questions about oversight

“From its onset, the Rover Pipeline project has been a disaster for Ohio’s fragile wetland ecosystems,” said Heather Taylor-Miesle of the Ohio Environmental Council. In her view, the company’s spills “demonstrate a lack of respect for both Ohio’s environment and the people who live here.”...

On May 2, the Ohio Environmental Council, Sierra Club and two other groups sued in federal court to block plans to allow drilling in parts of the Wayne National Forest in southeastern Ohio.

The Ohio Environmental Council Announces Ad Buy Highlighting Sen. Portman's Recent Vote Against Methane Emissions Standards

Following Sen. Portman’s vote to allow the oil and gas industry to leak methane gas on public lands, the Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) is releasing a statewide ad buy highlighting the vote for all Ohioans.

In a procedural vote on H.J. Res. 36 that ultimately failed 51-49, Sen. Portman voted in favor of utilizing the Congressional Review Act to strip the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) rules limiting methane emissions on federally owned lands.

Rover Pipeline Construction Leaks Raise Questions of Contamination

But Melanie Houston with the Ohio Environmental Council says that wetland is supposed to protect a wide array of species.

“The effects that it has is the potential to smother out any aquatic life,” Houston said.

There’s no word yet on the exact impact on the wetlands or its aquatic life. The Ohio Environmental Council would like to see an investigation into this spill.


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