Just because gas prices have dropped doesn’t mean Ohio should build more highways. Recently, 700 Sierra Club members commented on the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) 2014 Statewide Transit Needs Study. Now we have the opportunity to weigh in on the specific projects that ODOT will fund in 2015-2018.
We hope you can join the Sierra Club for our annual Chapter Retreat. As one of the largest and most influential environmental organizations in the state, this is the time each year where we celebrate our victories, renew our spirits, and make our plans the year ahead. All are welcome, and meals will be provided for members who register.
West Virginia Coal Spill Raises concerns for Ohio
March 12th, 2014
In January 2014, 300,000 of our neighbors in Charleston West Virginia lost access to clean drinking water after coal processing chemicals were spilled by Freedom Industries. The impact of the spill to the public health, the environment, the economy, and overall quality of life in the region has been staggering. While our thoughts remain with the victims of the spill, it has also heightened our concern for Ohio.
Coal mining, fracking, sewage, and algae blooms, prompt many Ohioans to ask what would happen if my water was not safe to drink? In Ohio, corporate polluters are in bed with public officials, safeguards are lacking for industry putting our water at risk. In fact the owner of Freedom Industries, Rosebud Mining Company, has pending mining applications and expired permits in Ohio. In addition, dozens of coal prep facilities in Ohio do not meet current water discharge standards (listen to the story on ONN). Will the next catastrophic spill be in our backyard?
What happened in West Virginia should be more than just a reminder that industry needs regulation, but a call to action, a call to protect clean water. Join us this spring as we call upon our public officials to protect Ohio’s water from Dirty Coal, Fracked Gas, and Big Agriculture. Take part in online actions, make a phone call to your elected officials, and join the Sierra Club and OEC for environmental lobby day March 26th at the Columbus Statehouse. Above all else, make a commitment to get involved this spring and help raise awareness in your community. Share your clean water concerns with friends and neighbors. By standing together we can protect our water at the source, drive public officials to action, and hold corporate polluters accountable.