Click here to submit public comments to Ohio EPA by November 19.
1.) Insist algae toxin standards be created for Ohio drinking water supplies
2.) Request mandatory testing to occur at community water systems
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.
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.
March 19th, 2015
Columbus, Ohio - The Ohio House Energy and Natural Resources Committee rekindled a debate about allowing fracking to occur in Ohio’s State Parks, Forests, and Nature Preserves this week during considerations of House Bill 8 (Hagan). The bill established a fast-track provision, which would have forced approval of fracking in portions of parks, forests, and preserves. This bill sought to amend the process laid out in the previously passed House Bill 133 (2011), which opened up Ohio’s public lands to fracking and established a “public lands leasing commission” required to approve permits. The Governor has instituted a “de facto moratorium” on drilling in these areas by refusing to appoint members to this leasing commission. HB 8 would have circumvented the Governor’s decision not to drill in these areas by working around the commission and utilizing a process called “forced pooling.”
An amendment was carried forward in HB 8 earlier this week (attachment), which added protections to these sensitive areas. The Ohio Sierra Club worked with allies at the Ohio Environmental Council to help educate the committee members about how drilling would impact Ohio’s most sensitive public lands.
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February 5th, 2015
We hope you were able to join the 150 Sierra Club members who gathered for our annual Chapter Retreat at Mohican State Park. As one of the largest and most influential environmental organizations in the state, we celebrated our victories, renewed our spirits, and made our plans for the year ahead. Check out the Retreat Presentations and take the survey!!!
April 3rd, 2014
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