NOAA is issuing predictions for a severe toxic algae season on Lake Erie (see here). However, warning signs are already going up on beaches for two of Ohio’s inland lakes due to high toxin levels from blue-green algae.
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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.
Each year, my children ask me to take them to the Ohio River, where my mother in-law and her boyfriend have a campsite, and Lake Erie to swim, fish, and boat. Generally we have something going on during the weekends that precludes us from travelling to either location, which I admit, begrudgingly, gives me some comfort.
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.
As you read this article, a debate about the future of public lands in this country is taking place. Who wins this debate will determine whether or not the natural places that make our nation and state special are here for future generations to enjoy.
Just before 8 am on Sunday, April 2, 2017, a 3.0 magnitude earthquake struck Ohio’s Wayne National Forest. The cause of the quake has not yet been formally declared, but one explanation, supported by a number of studies, is that the quake is the result of nearby fracking operations and/or wastewater injections.
March 22nd marks the day where people across the globe give special recognition to the benefits and value of the world’s rivers and lakes. Water truly is one of earth’s most precious resources and faces increasing threats such as water scarcity and contamination from a variety of pollutants.
On February 16, scores of Ohioans from throughout the state turned out to thank Senator Sherrod Brown for his vocal opposition to the nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The Buckeye Institute, an infamous fringe think tank, claims switching to clean energy would skyrocket energy costs. Trish Demeter, Managing Director of Energy, debunks this doozy of a "study." Watch our video and learn the facts. Your donation will allow us to hold Ohio's elected official accountable and move our great state forward in the energy market.
Lately, you may have heard a lot about methane. It’s been a hot issue at the federal level, and is now in the headlines in Ohio. Why all the fuss?
When methane pollution escapes from the oil and gas sector, it comes with other nasty hitchhiker air pollutants like benzene and formaldehyde. This air pollution is known to trigger life threatening asthma attacks, aggravate respiratory conditions, and increase the risk of developing cancer.