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If you’re reading this right now, I’m willing to bet you’re someone who cares about making sure Ohioans have clean water and air that won’t make us sick. I bet you want our state to be full of trails to explore, towering trees, and wonder.
In the wee hours of December 10th, among all the partisan gridlock, Congress passed monumental safeguards for Lake Erie, the Great Lakes, and the people of Ohio. Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN) passed the Senate before the Senate recessed for the year, sending WIIN to the President’s desk for his signature.
Nine oil and gas companies have applied with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) for an “incidental take permit” (ITP) that would absolve them from legal liability under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for the “taking” of bats, i.e., the killing or harming of bats (including through habitat destruction).
On Wednesday, the US EPA issued what appears to be their final assessment of the impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources.
Today the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) began auctioning off parcels of the Wayne National Forest for future oil and gas development. This morning the agency ran an online auction with an average bid of $89/acre.
Last week, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) came under fire for misleading the public on the effects of fracking on our drinking water. American Public Media (APM) released an investigative report showing the EPA made “eleventh-hour changes” to their fracking and drinking water study, essentially downplaying the known events of contamination.
The Wayne National Forest is in imminent danger in Ohio. In case you haven’t been following the news, for the last year the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has proposed leasing some 40,000 acres of Ohio’s only national forest for oil and natural gas development, specifically through the use of hydraulic fracturing technology.
The first auction takes place in just 12 days, on December 13, 2016. On this day, the BLM plans to auction off 1,600 acres of federally owned land in the Marietta unit of the Wayne, marking the beginning of a 20-year long leasing and development plan.
I am not sure what is worse: Michigan beating us in anything, or specifically losing to that state up north when it comes to clean energy standards.