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Ratepayer advocates say ‘everyone is unhappy’ with Ohio electric market

January 21, 2016
“An open and fair process [for any review] is critical to ensuring Ohioans’ right to breathe clean air,” said Trish Demeter of the Ohio Environmental Council. “We should scrutinize their decisions to...

Ohio has few checks for natural-gas storage leaks

January 14, 2016
“That’s kind of the scary thing about it, and the thing that allows it to go under the radar, is that you can’t see this when it’s leaking,” said Melanie Houston, director of water policy and...

Critics say proposed state rules would allow companies to harm streams, wetlands

January 11, 2016
“Basically, that’s a rubber stamp, in my estimation,” said Nathan Johnson, a lawyer for the advocacy group Ohio Environmental Council. “There’s really little to no oversight.”

Fracking research collaborative cuts across state lines

December 18, 2015
State lawmakers, with the collaborative's advice, should also set high environmental standards for the industry, said Melanie Houston, director of water policy and environmental health with the Ohio...

Fracking research collaborative cuts across state lines

December 18, 2015
State lawmakers, with the collaborative's advice, should also set high environmental standards for the industry, said Melanie Houston, director of water policy and environmental health with the Ohio...

Forum gets input on tighter limits on methane, other chemicals released by the oil and gas industry

December 9, 2015
Ohio has rules concerning emissions of volatile organic compounds, but the proposed federal rules go further by including methane. Last year, the oil and gas industry released 13,000 metric tons of...

Mansfield councilman supports EPA cuts to methane emissions

December 1, 2015
Houston said, since the EPA’s release of the proposal in August, more than 71,000 Ohioans have spoken up to say the oil and gas companies should be held accountable for the air pollution they create...

Ohioans support tougher air pollution standards on oil and gas operations

December 1, 2015
In Ohio, 1.5 million people live in areas where ozone levels exceed national clean air standards—areas that also contain more than 8,500 oil and gas wells. The people breathing air in these areas...

Eco-group working to make invisible air pollution from Ohio’s Utica Shale visible to everyone

November 23, 2015
“We’re making the pollution visible to regulators,” Steinzor said. “It cannot be ignored. We force them to be more responsive. … Such citizen monitoring is becoming more and more important as state...

Residents 'air' concerns about fracking at forum

November 19, 2015
Information was presented by  Melanie Houston, Director of Water Policy & Environmental Health, Ohio Environmental Council and  Nadia Steinzor, Eastern Program Coordinator, Earthworks. Several...

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