Parks & Forests

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.

In a Win for the Wayne National Forest, the U.S. Senate Voted to Protect Public Lands

Today, the U.S. Senate protected public lands by voting against using the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Interior Department’s Methane and Waste Prevention Rule. The following statement can be attributed in full, or in part, to Heather Taylor-Miesle, Executive Director of the Ohio Environmental Council (OEC): 

Statement From the Ohio Environmental Council in Response to Senator Portman's Position on the BLM Methane Standards

"Senator Portman’s decision to back the oil and gas industry against the best interest of Ohioans is terribly disappointing. His action to repeal the Bureau of Land Management's methane waste rules will cost American taxpayers over $800 million over the next decade and leave beautiful public lands like Ohio’s Wayne National Forest vulnerable to air and water pollution. 


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