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
April 21st, 2011
A coalition of environmental-conservation groups today called on each of Ohio’s 132 state lawmakers to publicly declare which state parks, state nature preserves, and state scenic rivers in their local legislative district they would vote to keep closed from oil and gas drilling or would vote to “convert from natural parks to industrial parks” and open up to extraction. To read the full Press Release S.P.DrillingFINAL press Release Read More
January 10th, 2011
Through a collaboration of the Sierra Club and other environmental organization across the state, a letter was submitted to the Governors office, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and the local officials in Jefferson County. In a recent and fast moving development, the state has proposed a plan to sell the Jefferson Lake State Park to Jefferson County. This may not seem problematic on the surface, but the danger lies in the details! Read More
December 22nd, 2010
SURVIVAL BRACELETS BEING SOLD AS FUNDRAISER
Bayler Shubert, son of Sierra Club members Mark and Marcia Shubert of Amesville, Ohio has recently been accepted into the People to People Student Ambassador Program. This initiative, started in the 1950’s by President Eisenhower, was meant to expand his vision for cultural understanding and perhaps world peace. Read More