Today the Ohio Environmental Council joined with the Environmental Law and Policy Center, Freshwater Future and the Ohio Environmental Stewardship Alliance commenting on Ohio’s blueprint for curbing western Lake Erie’s toxic algae. See here for comments.
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With over 90,000 active oil and gas wells, compressors, and processors in Ohio, more than 3.1 million people live in an area within a half- mile of an oil and gas facility. This isn’t surprising given that Ohio has some of the weakest setback regulations in the nation. Oil and gas operations can occur just 50 feet from a water source, and 100 feet from a home or school in a rural area!
Snuggled in the southern hills of Adams County lies one of Ohio’s most remote and wild forests: the Rock Run Watershed. The streams here wind and impress themselves on the local topography, and on hikers and explorers who venture to this far corner of the state. Trickling, pouring, running waters have through generations sculpted steep reliefs and interesting sights.
Sunday morning I woke to news of the passing of former Mayor, Governor, and U.S. Senator George Voinovich.
I first met George Voinovich when I was 15. I was with a friend in a toy store. My friend and I went back and forth as to whether or not it was really Governor Voinovich. I finally ended up asking and leaving quickly, 50 shades of red. Years later, then Senator Voinovich and I had a good chuckle about this experience.
Yesterday, I joined Ohio EPA and Governor John Kasich to celebrate the official signing of HB 512 into law. That’s right! Ohio’s landmark bill to keep lead out of drinking water is officially the law of the land.
Your action on this issue, from donating, to contacting the Governor, to sharing my blog posts, means the world to me. We couldn’t have pushed this bill forward without you. You can read my comments from the event below:
When I received the news that the Ohio Senate unanimously (32-0) passed Governor Kasich’s lead reforms yesterday, tears immediately filled my eyes.
“Procrastination is the thief of time,” said 17th century poet Edward Young. In the case of Ohio’s clean energy standards, procrastination has become the thief of not only time, but progress.
In 2014, the Ohio General Assembly put Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards on ice. This came with a promise that the Energy Mandates Study Committee would take the time to really examine the costs and benefits of clean energy, and make recommendations on what Ohio’s policy should be.
OK, the Giant Leap Forward quote . . . it’s not exactly mine, but it really sums up Tuesday afternoon’s vote quite well. The Ohio House Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Tuesday, favorably voted out HB 512 - the Governor’s Lead Contamination legislation. The quote was actually from Committee member Representative Dave Hall (R- Killbuck) just moments before a nearly unanimous vote to approve the bill – legislation that we here at OEC give our highest badge of support: Three-Frogs of Approval!
On Wednesday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) blocked two Ohio utilities’ plans to bail out dirty coal plants by raising Ohioans’ electricity bills. FERC agreed with the OEC and our environmental, consumer and industry group partners that the bailouts potentially undermine federal protections for electricity customers.
On Tuesday, April 26, OEC's Melanie Houston spoke in support of House Bill 512. The bill would ensure stronger safeguards against lead in drinking water.
This issue resonates for Melanie on a personal level. Learn more about HB 512 and how it will help Ohioans.