Environmental Health

President Trump’s Administration gave the oil and gas industry another present, postpones implementation of BLM methane standards

On Wednesday, we received news that President Trump’s Administration took another step to put the interests of Big Oil before the health and safety of the American people. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced it will suspend portions of a methane standard which is intended to limit the amount of valuable natural gas that oil and gas companies can leak, vent, or flare on millions of acres of federal and tribal lands.

Brewing Good Presents: David Stradling

Brewing Good Presents: An Evening with David Stradling, co-author of Where the River Burned: Carl Stokes and the Struggle to Save Cleveland

Grab a pint and join us in the Great Lakes Brewing Co. Tasting Room as David Stradling discusses his latest book, Where the River Burned: Carl Stokes and the Struggle to Save Cleveland. Plus, GLBC representatives will be on hand to share details on the 2017 Great Lakes Burning River Fest happening August 18 and 19!

Barberton Steel Industries issued violation after mineral oil spill into Tuscarawas River

The Ohio Environmental Council, an advocacy organization based in Columbus, said that despite the quick clean up, the oil spill will likely still have adverse effects on the river’s ecosystem.

“There is definitely potential for there to be toxic chemicals in that material,” explained Melanie Houston, Director of Oil & Gas for the Ohio Environmental Council.

The spill comes just 6 weeks after a 2-million gallon spill in southern Stark Co. that effected the same river and the wetlands adjacent to it in Navarre, Ohio.

Statement from the Ohio Environmental Council on the Trump Administration’s plans to exit the Paris Climate Agreement

The following statement can be attributed in full, or in part, to Heather Taylor-Miesle, Executive Director of the Ohio Environmental Council:

“This short-sighted decision to remove the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement makes Americans less safe, our businesses less competitive, and places an immense burden on future generations. As the world rushes to take action on this critical issue, the US joins only Nicaragua and Syria as countries to cling to the past by rejecting this agreement.

This state park could be the number one target for fracking operations

Salt Fork State Park is Ohio’s largest state park, and one of its nicest. Located in Guernsey County, it also happens to be in a region with a lot of natural gas activity. Salt Fork’s size and location make it the number one target for fracking operations should the Ohio General Assembly open state lands to drilling this summer.

Learn more about the Ohio House’s proposal to allow fracking in state parks here.

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