OEC In the News

Keep up with media coverage of the OEC and the issues that are important to you.

Protect Geauga Parks to hear from Ohio Environmental Council official

May 31, 2017
Protect Geauga Parks will meet 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., June 1, at West Geauga Public Library, 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chester Township. Nathan Johnson, Public Lands director of the Ohio Environmental...

Lorain, Lake port authorities try to harness benefits of Lake Erie

May 26, 2017
Lake Erie attracts more than 7 million people to Ohio annually, according to the Ohio Environmental Council. Tourism supports an $11.5 billion-plus annual tourism and travel industry and brings in $1...

Vinton County Has First-Recorded Earthquake

May 25, 2017
“We looked and saw how close the earthquake’s epicenter was located to injection wells for fracking. In an eight to ten mile range, there were seven different injection wells,” said Melanie Houston,...

Vinton County quake probably not fracking-related, state says

May 24, 2017
Melanie Houston, director of oil and gas for the Ohio Environmental Council, said the earthquake Wednesday renews the environmental coalition’s concerns about fracking. Fracking involves pumping a...

Proposed cuts concern Ohio environmental officials, scientists

May 24, 2017
Millions of Ohio residents depend on Lake Erie for their water supply, said Donald Wiggins Jr., a coordinator for the Ohio Environmental Council. “Lake Erie is a crippled body of water,” Wiggins said...

Could the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak happen in Ohio? New study examines the risk

May 23, 2017
Natural gas storage fields are typically between 1,000 and 5,000 feet underground. But, “when an accident occurs at these facilities, it can create a major public health risk for unsuspecting...

U.S. won't force Ohio to label Lake Erie 'impaired'

May 23, 2017
The U.S. EPA decision “preserves a status quo of insufficient action and lack of urgency in addressing one of the most vexing problems facing Lake Erie and the many people, communities, and...

2nd Lake Erie impairment suit in district court

May 18, 2017
The first lawsuit was filed by Alliance for the Great Lakes, the Lake Erie Charter Boat Association, the Lake Erie Foundation, the Michigan United Conservation Clubs, the National Wildlife Federation...

Critics say Ohio utility’s proposed fixed charge increase will slow efficiency, clean energy

May 18, 2017
“If you create a rate recovery structure for the utility that disincentivizes or disempowers the customer, then we don’t think that’s the right way to go,” said Trish Demeter at the Ohio...

Water Watch: Two Vans, Two Politicians, One Lawsuit

May 17, 2017
The NWF and friends, including the Alliance for the Great Lakes and the Ohio Environmental Council launched a lawsuit against the EPA to force a decision whether to accept the decision to declare...

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