Parks & Forests

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Your voice is important and powerful.

I should know, as Senator Randy Gardner did the right thing for Ohio by publicly announcing that he is against drilling in state parks, quoting the following letter that I wrote to him:

“Sen. Randall L. Gardner,

I urge you to vote against effort to override Governor Kasich's line item veto the Oil and Gas Leasing Commission Amendment to the budget bill.

Statement from the Ohio Environmental Council on the Potential Purchase of ReCreation Lands by the State of Ohio

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) announced an initial plan to purchase ReCreation lands in eastern Ohio from American Electric Power (AEP). The first 7,000 acre purchase would be part of a larger 60,000 acre tract of reclaimed mines, which AEP has indicated they are willing to sell.

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

Rover Pipeline builders suggest recent spills were “sabotage,” point finger at everyone but themselves

Well, the plot thickens: Yesterday we learned that the parent-company of Rover, Energy Transfer Partners, filed a rebuttal against a stop-work-order for new construction of the pipeline.

This is likely another attempt to draw out negotiations and stall on complying with state and federal orders to clean up their mess.

OEC Citizen Training: Public Lands Defense

Join the OEC in a citizen action training, with an opportunity to learn how to write letters to the editor on public lands issues! LTEs can be a powerful tactic for raising awareness about critical issues and grabbing the attention of important decision makers who often browse LTEs to get a pulse on what their constituents are talking about. In this training, you'll learn the basics of LTE writing, how to submit your LTE, and compelling messages about public lands protection from a public health, outdoor, and conservation perspective. Sign up today and invite your friends and family!

Fracking in State Parks

Gov. John Kasich signed the new state budget into law, but with 47 line-item vetoes. The Ohio House of Representatives overturned 11 of those vetoes, including Kasich's veto on allowing the Ohio General Assembly to take over appointing members to the Ohio Oil and Gas Leasing Commission. This could lead the way to fracking, or the process of drilling to extract oil and gas from shale rock, in state parks and other public lands.

Today we look at the process and the impact of this decision.

‘Government Violating Own Laws to Pave Way for Fracking Plan’ in Ohio’s Only National Forest

“The Wayne National Forest is home to many species who can’t afford to have their habitat damaged by oil and gas development,” said Nathan Johnson, public lands director with the Ohio Environmental Council. “We need to do all we can to protect wildlife that can’t protect themselves.”

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