In January, 300,000 of our neighbors in Charleston West Virginia lost access to clean drinking water after coal processing chemicals were spilled by Freedom Industries. Rosebud Mining Company the owner of Freedom Industries has risky dealings in Ohio as well.
The Ohio EPA failed to collect adequate data to determine the recreational health for 60% of Ohio’s inland streams and 60% of Ohio’s large rivers. From the data they did collect: 3/4 of their samples for inland streams and 1/2 samples for large rivers contained high levels of E. Coli bacteria. These numbers are cause for alarm and the Ohio EPA needs to act urgently to collect missing data across the state.
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.
Forests and Public Lands
The Ohio Chapter Forest and Public Lands Committee works with members and organizational allies who have a common interest in preserving Ohio’s forests and public lands for existing and future generations. The committee welcomes new volunteers to help us move forward the following goals:
Protect Ohio’s state forests, parks, and nature preserves from harmful activities such as clear-cutting, mineral extraction, and oil and gas drilling.
Promote the sustainable and beneficial use of public lands, such as low-impact recreation, species habitat, carbon sequestration, and clean air and water.
Participate in forest planning processes with Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and encourage widespread public input on proposals that impact our state forests, parks, and nature preserves.
Participate in hikes and encourage public appreciation of Ohio’s valuable forests and outdoor areas.
Study the environmental impacts of using forest biomass as a potential fuel source, and participate in existing Chapter efforts to address issues surrounding biomass.
Contact Loraine McCosker, Forest Committee Chair, to learn more and to get involved today.
Forests and Public Lands - Latest News
On Tuesday, the Sierra Club was joined by five state and national environmental groups in filing formal comments with the Wayne National Forest (WNF) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) opposing the agencies’ plan to lease 432.54 acres of federal coal for underground room and pillar mining. The joint comments were also co-signed by Buckeye Forest Council, Earthjustice, Ohio Environmental Council, Heartwood, and the Center for Biological Diversity. Read More
September 19th, 2012
Sadly, Ohio will permit its 400th fracking well this week. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has been permitting new fracking wells at a rate of 1 per day. Many of these new wells are located around our state parks, forest, and wildlife areas. Already several wells have been abandoned or left inactive. Search the ohio frack map to find a frack site near you. Read More
July 14th, 2012
Did you know fracking is in Ohio? The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is permitting a new fracking well everyday, with over 300 wells already permitted. There are also over 170 injection wells accepting toxic fracking waste from in and out of state. Check the Map to find a well near you!
View Ohio Fracking Map II in a full screen map
June 5th, 2012
On June 17th, Ohioans will be gathering in Columbus to tell Gov. Kasich: Don’t Frack Ohio! In one of the biggest anti-fracking actions to date in the United States, we will take over the Ohio statehouse to hold a people’s assembly to pass the legislation that we think Ohioans need to protect our state from the gas industry.
April 10th, 2012
On Monday, April 9th the Ohio Chapter Sierra Club filed suit against the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to reveal plans for drilling in State Parks, forests, and public lands. The Sierra Club’s outstanding public request for lease agreements and guidelines for drilling activity were being ignored.