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.
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.
OOGA spokesman Mike Chadsey will report on current activity and the industry's near-term outlook, and OEC general counsel Trent Dougherty will discuss the environmental impact of oil and gas in Ohio to date.
Fort Hill’s 1400 acres protects Ohio’s largest and most mature forest and a 2000 year old ancient ridgetop earthworks. The undisturbed forest of Fort Hill supports over 800 species of vascular plants, some of them endangered. Join Fort Hill Mountain Lovers team as they remove invasive plants and keep this magnificent forest pristine.
Cave Road is the epicenter of the 2248 acre Highlands Nature Sanctuary, sheltering most of our hiking trails, overnight lodges and the Appalachian Forest Museum. Join Arc of Appalachia for a weekend full of Garlic Mustard picking and invasive bush removal on several properties bordering Cave Road.
At Ridgeview Farm the Arc is demonstrating that bringing biodiversity back to an abandoned farm is indeed possible. The results of a decade of the redemptive work in Ridgeview’s fields and swamp forest have been ASTONISHING! This day volunteers will be working in the wetland forest – removing invasive bush honeysuckle and making room for expanding ferns and wildflowers.
SEE ARC OF APPALACHIA'S NEWEST CAMPAIGN PROPERTY AT THE SANCTUARY – a 45 acre tract on the Rocky Fork Creek, just off Cave Road. We will be removing Autumn Olives from native Big Bluestem prairies, as well as Multiflora Rose and Bush Honeysuckle from the woods. Join the Crazy Clippers on another clearing victory!
The Maude's Cedar Narrows tract at the Sanctuary shelters a stunning showcase of wildflowers in a side canyon of the Rocky Fork Gorge. Non-natives began taking over right after it was logged – just before the Arc purchased the land. Volunteers will be working to save Maude’s flowers. Maude Lang, now deceased, was a school teacher in the nearby town of Rainsboro and was adored in the local community.