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

December 2, 2016

Melanie Houston, Director of Oil and Gas & Chelsea McCormack, OEC oil and gas volunteer

The Wayne National Forest is in imminent danger in Ohio. In case you haven’t been following the news, for the last year the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has proposed leasing some 40,000 acres of Ohio’s only national forest for oil and natural gas development, specifically through the use of hydraulic fracturing technology. 

The first auction takes place in just 12 days, on December 13, 2016. On this day, the BLM plans to auction off 1,600 acres of federally owned land in the Marietta unit of the Wayne, marking the beginning of a 20-year long leasing and development plan. 

November 21, 2016

By Trish Demeter, Managing Director

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I am not sure what is worse: Michigan beating us in anything, or specifically losing to that state up north when it comes to clean energy standards.

November 16, 2016

Anna Siriano, Communications Contractor

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Music is a powerful and inspiring tool for spreading our thoughts and ideals. It has been used for generations - from Beethoven’s expression of freedom in his Ninth symphony to Cat Stevens call for peace and, even now, in Kendrick Lamar’s reflections on being black in America.

November 4, 2016

Heather Taylor-Miesle, Executive Director
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Four days.
No matter what happens, most of us are going to get up the next day and go to work. I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a lot to do!
One of the biggest things on the horizon is making sure Ohio’s long-frozen clean energy standards are thawed on December 31.  

October 27, 2016

Melanie Houston, Director of Oil and Gas
Lauren Miller, OEC Methane Campaign Consultant

Sunday, October 23 marked the one year anniversary of Aliso Canyon - one of the most alarming and devastating climate disasters of our time. For those of you who may not have followed this story last year, Aliso Canyon in southern California is the location of one of the largest methane leaks in history from an underground natural gas storage field.

October 27, 2016

We are so very pleased to introduce this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winners, Cathy and Paul Knoop! The Knoop’s are long time friends and heroes of the OEC family, and we couldn’t be happier to celebrate their accomplishments at this year’s Green Gala.

October 24, 2016

Although eyes are often watching our state and national capitols, some of the strongest, most innovative public servants work in our counties, cities, and villages.  

This year’s Public Servant Award winner is a great example of public servants making a big difference at the local level. The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NORSD) team have been fighting a legal battle for two years to implement their innovative solution to addressing damaging floods and erosion. 

October 24, 2016

The OEC regularly meets and works with budding citizen activists, growing organizations, and changemakers. This year, one of those changemakers really caught our attention, and that’s why we’ve selected the Ohio Chapters of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby as this year’s One to Watch Award recipient. 

October 24, 2016

Barry Cik had just become a grandfather when he set out on a mission to find a non-toxic, waterproof crib mattress. He was determined to give his granddaughter a healthy start at life, and knew that most mattresses contain chemicals that can lead to all kinds of issues for infants and adults alike. He couldn’t find a single option to his standards, so he got to work to creating his own.

That’s what good entrepreneurs are made of, and Barry has incorporated the highest standards in sustainability and environmental health into the very DNA of his company, Naturepedic. 

October 19, 2016

Last week, the PUCO approved FirstEnergy’s coal bailout case, and as such, customers in FirstEnergy’s territory will collectively be paying up to $204 million more per year on their electric bills, for up to five years. Over $132 million of this is direct payment through a rider on customers’ bills to bolster the company’s credit rating, and the rest would go to cover the company’s taxes. Sadly, there’s little that customers will get back in terms of value for these higher bills.


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