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August 21, 2017

By Donald Wiggins and Kristy Meyer

Nothing is more fundamental to our health than the water we drink and, unfortunately, Ohio is no stranger to water crises. From toxic algae plaguing nearly half-a-million Toledoans to lead tainted water in communities across Ohio, real concerns exist about where we source our drinking water and what flows out of our taps. Unfortunately, earlier this year President Trump repealed a rule that would have reinstated Clean Water Act protections to the streams, rivers, and wetlands millions of Ohioans rely on for safe drinking water.

August 18, 2017

By Kristy Meyer
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Little debate exists about the sources of phosphorus pollution feeding toxic algal growths in Lake Erie. Scientists point to the large amounts coming from agricultural production in the western Lake Erie watershed that flow out of the Maumee River and into the lake.

August 16, 2017

By Melanie Houston and Donald Wiggins

The fallout and indirect damage from the irresponsible operations of Rover Pipeline’s parent company continue to mount in Ohio. Just last week we learned from a citizen complaint to our office as well as a Canton Repository article that at least 100 households in the Canton area are experiencing problems with their drinking water.

August 16, 2017

By Melanie Houston, Director of Oil and Gas

Below is my testimony against EPA budget cuts. I delivered this at the Citizens Hearing on EPA Budget Cuts earlier this week, along with 9 other concerned citizens and a panel of experts voicing their concerns for the EPA. Enjoy.

August 14, 2017

By Marilyn Evenson

Your voice is important and powerful.

I should know, as Senator Randy Gardner did the right thing for Ohio by publicly announcing that he is against drilling in state parks, quoting the following letter that I wrote to him:

“Sen. Randall L. Gardner,

I urge you to vote against effort to override Governor Kasich's line item veto the Oil and Gas Leasing Commission Amendment to the budget bill.

August 10, 2017

Sarah Spence, Government Affairs Director
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Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued its “State of the Climate in 2016” report indicating that last year was the hottest on record. For those of you who’ve been following this issue, the news will likely come as no surprise.

In fact, this is the third year in a row to be called “the hottest on record.” The trend shows an alarming increase in global temperatures that are already causing a number of negative health and environmental impacts across the globe.

August 10, 2017

Melanie Houston, Director of Oil and Gas
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Yesterday the US EPA officially closed the comment period on two proposals to stay critical methane emission standards-- standards which would have protected tens of thousands of Ohioans.The EPA finalized these standards in 2016 to reduce methane pollution released from new oil and gas facilities.

August 8, 2017

Melanie Houston, Director Oil and Gas
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Well, the plot thickens: Yesterday we learned that the parent-company of Rover, Energy Transfer Partners, filed a rebuttal against a stop-work-order for new construction of the pipeline.

This is likely another attempt to draw out negotiations and stall on complying with state and federal orders to clean up their mess.

August 7, 2017

Trent Dougherty, General Counsel

In Ohio - where we are facing environmental impacts from pipelines crisscrossing the state, to drilling in our lone National Forest, and lead and toxic algae in our water - decisions by the Federal Courts may serve as the final decision betwee

August 1, 2017

By Nick Mandros

What would you do if you woke up to news that you couldn’t drink or bathe in your water? How would this affect your daily routine? Cooking, taking medicine, bathing, doing laundry, even making your morning cup of joe would all become difficult, if not impossible tasks.

For my fellow Toledoans and I, these questions aren’t theoretical.

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