Press Release

Statement from the Ohio Environmental Council on Gov. Kasich’s Neglect of Top-line Environmental Issues in His Final State of the State Address

Westerville, OH — The following statement can be attributed to Aryeh Alex, Vice President of Public Affairs at the Ohio Environmental Council:

“Tonight, in Governor Kasich’s final State of the State address, he neglected to talk about the critical environmental issues facing our state, including the health of Ohio’s waterways, the adoption of clean energy, and the damaging Rover Pipeline. These are issues of importance to Ohioans and deserve to be addressed.

“However, Gov. Kasich did announce a new state park named after Jesse Owens, with the land selected from the state’s purchase of a portion of the AEP ReCreation Lands last year. I look forward to exploring this new park with eager Ohioans from across the state. 

“The omission of the largest environmental issues facing our state is surprising, because Gov. Kasich has been instrumental in defending and protecting Ohio’s environment for the past seven years. Under his leadership, Ohio passed some of the strongest protections against lead in drinking water in the nation and vetoed legislation that would have gutted Ohio’s clean energy standards.

“The Ohio Environmental Council is on the ground across the state working to ensure all Ohioans have access to clean air, water, and land. We look forward to continuing these conversations, in order to build a stronger, healthier Ohio for future generations.”