Mining & Drilling

Ohio's waterways need your help!

The Ohio EPA (OEPA) is proposing to eliminate numerous protections for wetlands and streams impacted by oil and gas pipelines and coal mining sites. 

OEPA is counting on this special favor for fossil-fueled interests to go unnoticed by the public.

Act now and tell OEPA that you are watching and that gutting clean water protections is unacceptable!

Off the Trail- A Conceptual Walk in Wayne National Forest

Keep Wayne Wild (KWW), is a group of dedicated volunteers working to protect Wayne National Forest (WNF) from predatory gas extraction activities. KWW works to highlight the beauty and intrinsic value of Wayne National Forest. It is well known that people will protect what they love, and to that end, we have created: “Off the Trail- A Conceptual Walk in Wayne National Forest.” It is our goal to showcase all that is wild and visually powerful about Ohio’s only national forest.

Hands Off Public Land! Rally to protect public land from fracking

Alliance for Ohio’s Future will hold a public demonstration on Wednesday, June 14th at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus to protest HB 49, a state budget bill that contains Amendment HC 2241, which strips the governor of the power to appoint members to the 4-member Oil and Gas Leasing Commission, and gives these appointment powers to the speaker of the house and president of the senate.'

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.

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.

Vinton County quake probably not fracking-related, state says

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 mixture of water, sand and chemicals deep underground to fracture rock formations and release trapped oil and gas. The wastewater that comes up with the oil and gas can be reused but eventually requires disposal — often by injection deep underground.

Hundreds of earthquakes have been linked to drilling operations and injection wells in Ohio and other states.

Vinton County Has First-Recorded Earthquake

“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, Director of Oil and Gas at Ohio Environmental Council.

“We have put in an inquiry to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and their Public Interest office, and we haven’t received a response from them yet,” she said.

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