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‘Giveaway’ for utilities included in bill to make Ohio energy standards voluntary

December 7, 2016
An energy bill that would make compliance with the state’s clean energy standards voluntary until 2020 now heads to the Ohio Senate with a new provision that critics call an added “giveaway” for...

Bills fly through legislature at dizzying pace

December 6, 2016
RENEWABLE ENERGY STANDARDS: The House voted 54-40 in favor of House Bill 554, which waters down benchmarks for renewable energy use in Ohio by making the standards voluntary instead of mandatory over...

Wayne National Forest could soon be fracking site

December 1, 2016
"This will be bad for wildlife. It will be bad for recreation and bad just for the health of the forest, generally. Another problem is the federal government isn't following its own laws. This is...

Petition, Protests Could Affect Oil/Gas Lease Sale For Ohio National Forest

December 1, 2016
The protest was co-filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Earth, Heartwood, the Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) and the Sierra Club. OEC spokesperson Brian Kaiser said the BLM...

Ohio Senate bill would end freeze on green power rules

November 28, 2016
“It does not take Ohio in the right direction whatsoever,” said Trish Demeter, managing director for energy programs with the Ohio Environmental Council. “At a time when other states and other parts...

Canada sets in motion microbeads prohibition

November 28, 2016
“While they may not seem scary, these tiny plastic beads can have a devastating impact on fish, wildlife, and humans,” Kristy Meyer, Ohio Environmental Council managing director of natural resources...

Against the wind: Ohio lawmaker pushes for stricter rules on wind development

November 14, 2016
“When the statute was passed, there was no public discussion and no analysis on whether or not the increased setback distance was necessary, as it was enacted hastily in Ohio House Bill 483,” said...

FirstEnergy ‘bailout’ raises questions of corporate separation

October 18, 2016
A new charge ordered by Ohio regulators last week could add up to $1 billion into FirstEnergy’s coffers without requiring the company to do any specific work in return. While the company says the...

Wayne forest could be used for fracking

October 18, 2016
"This decision is bad for wildlife, bad for recreation, and bad for the overall health of the Wayne," said Nathan Johnson, an attorney for the Ohio Environmental Council, in an e-mail. He said his...

BLM Announces Oil/Gas Lease Sale For Ohio's Wayne National Forest

October 18, 2016
The BLM said it received 14,180 public comments on the draft EA. The lease sale notice was issued on Monday, marking the beginning of what could be more lease sales across the land identified for oil...

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