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.
In June 2014, Governor Kasich signed into law a bill that guts Ohio’s clean energy and efficiency standards. Passing this new law was not enough for Ohio’s utilities, though.
Now, Ohio’s largest electric utilities, AEP, Duke, and FirstEnergy are seeking to keep a number of Ohio’s oldest and dirtiest power plants open for years to come.
And they want you and me to pay for it.
Coal provides nearly 90% of Ohio’s electricity and about half of our global warming pollution. From the mine to the plant, coal is a dirty energy source. It causes asthma and other health problems, destroys mountains, and releases toxic mercury into our communities and waterways. Continuing our dependence on coal chains us to dirty energy and prevents us from making the changes we need to bring about a clean, secure energy future. Visit the Coal Committee page to learn more and join our efforts.
Visit us at http://content.sierraclub.org/coal/ohio
Beyond Coal - Latest News
October 4th, 2010
On Friday October 1st, it happened again. Murray Energy’s coal pipeline carrying toxic coal slurry through southeast Ohio burst open on Friday, flooding a pristine creek and surrounding areas with over 1/4 million gallons of thick, black sludge.
Watch our video of the scene and tell Governor Strickland to take action to prevent another toxic spill.
June 3rd, 2010
Last year, the Ohio Senate refused to require the coal industry to pay their fair share of oversight. Instead, Ohio’s coal industry has come up with a new proposal which the Ohio legislature has passed: to raid the state’s Black Lung Fund.
March 17th, 2010
Several years ago, Ohio’s biggest coal mining company asked for permission to drain a pristine stream and fill it instead with coal slurry, a mixture of water, chemicals, and coal mining waste. In 2008, Ohio EPA rightly told Murray Energy to go back to the drawing board.
October 25th, 2009
Sierra Club released a new report on October 22 that analyzes recent market trends and concludes that the most financially prudent option for AMP’s members at this point is to retain flexibility by canceling the AMPGS project, continuing to exploit cheap market power, investing in energy efficiency, and exploring emerging alternatives.