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Green news, reflections, and stories from Ohio's leading environmental advocates.

July 9, 2015

Although our state parks are off the chopping block, the oil and gas industry now has its sights set on local parks. Fracking lobbyists are pushing for what may be the most brazen attempt yet to force fracking on public lands down our throats.

July 7, 2015

Last week I revisited the fracking chemical fire and resulting fish kill that occurred one year ago in Monroe County. You heard some of the stories of local residents, learned about how the accident started, and gained insight into the hampered emergency response efforts. Now I’ll dig in a little deeper into the state’s response – or lack thereof – in the year following this event.

July 1, 2015

By Trent Dougherty
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Original photo provided by: © 2015 Ted Eytan

The Court held that the US EPA’s decision not to consider costs to the industry when deciding that it was “appropriate and necessary” to regulate power plants – saving thousands of lives each year in the process – was unreasonable. Needless to say, the decision is another stern reminder that more work must be done when it comes to environmental protection in the courts.

June 30, 2015

By Melanie Houston
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Pictured to the right: Aerial shot of the fire site. This is part one of a two part series on this issue. Stay tuned for part two later this week. 

The big question lingering, to this day, is WHY these concerned families and community members were left without answers.

June 25, 2015

By Brennan Howell
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Pope Francis recently released his eagerly anticipated encyclical on the environment, in which he discusses the undeniable proof that man-made climate change is happening.

June 16, 2015

By Brennan Howell
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While Ohio has contributed great things to the world, like flight, Thomas Edison and Jesse Owens, is the fate of the world really in Ohio’s hands? Well, probably. But, let me explain…

June 12, 2015

By Jack Shaner
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Thanks to you, the Ohio Senate is starting to stand up to the oil and gas industry.

June 9, 2015

By Melanie Houston
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The US EPA study highlights that fracking is not only a significant threat to water, but a threat to public health and quality of life for thousands of people across the country.

June 8, 2015

Lawmakers in Columbus have an opportunity this week to take action through an amendment in the state budget bill currently working its way through the Ohio Senate. This amendment affects a key program meant to prevent agricultural pollution by moving it from the state natural resources department to the agriculture department.

June 4, 2015

By Melanie Houston   
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Our first responders charge into situations that most of us can only conjure up in our worst nightmares. They deserve the best protection that we can give them. That’s why we were outraged to learn that a provision in the Ohio budget bill could unnecessarily jeopardize the safety of these heroes.


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