Ohio is becoming a dumping ground for fracking waste, and we’re already seeing this waste ending up in our streams. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is failing to ensure the safety of Ohio’s citizens and environment; it’s time for the US EPA to step in.
Under Ohio’s current proposed budget, half of the revenue from fracking in state parks would go to the Clean Ohio Fund - which exists to fund cleanups in Ohio. This funding structure guarantees a net loss for Ohio’s environment by funding cleanups by making a bigger mess, in our state parks.
Tell Your Senator right now that the path to a Clean Ohio is not through dirty fracking in our state parks!
95% of Carroll depends on groundwater and yet, over the next ten years, ODNR will allow 2,000 unconventional gas wells and permit an underground coal mine without informing the public about potential impacts on water quality.
Clean Water Fellowship Program
One of the keystones of the Sierra Club Ohio Chapter’s Clean Water Campaign is its Clean Water Fellowship program. The Fellowship program was founded in 2010, with the goal of extending the opportunity to students to gain real world experience working directly on water/environmental issues. Fellows work on the water issues being addressed by the campaign, such as hydraulic fracturing, sewage contamination, nutrient pollution, and green infrastructure, and generally focus their energy in one or two critical areas.
Fellows work within the context of the Clean Water Campaign by taking action, raising awareness, and engaging in advocacy. They serve as a link between the staff, members, the local group, and the state chapter. Fellows are primarily responsible for organizing service events, creating opportunities to educate the public on water issues, and helping to disseminate advocacy material. However, past fellows have also worked on projects ranging from creating Smartphone applications for submit water-monitoring data to compiling information packets for policymakers on the dangers of fracking. The possibilities for fellowship projects are really endless, and the campaign puts great trust in its fellows to meet the challenges and goals within each individual’s work plan.
Perhaps most importantly, fellows are provided the guidance and tools to become lifelong water advocates, which remains long after the fellowship ends. If interested in becoming a fellow or getting more information on the program, please follow the link to the application page.