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Tell the Ohio Legislature: Don’t Raise My Bill for Dirty Energy!

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The Ohio legislature continues to aggressively move forward with legislation that will gut our clean energy and efficiency standards.  Now comes breaking news that they want YOU to pay for their plan to kill the future.
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Save Ohio’s Butterflies!

Flower and ButterflyDo you enjoy the summer butterflies? Well, as these pollinator populations dwindle, the OhioDepartment of Agriculture and Wayne National Forest are planning to spray a dangerous insecticide called BtK all over Ohio to decrease the Gypsy Moth, a non-native moth that impacts trees through eating of leaves. Unfortunately, BtK doesn’t just kill the Gypsy Moth – it could wipe out every type of butterfly or moth it touches.  Read More

Years of Living Dangerously

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Years of Living Dangerously

New Showtime documentary showing the human impacts of climate change. Learn more and what you can do as an individual to #actonclimate

See the first episode here

 

 

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Gas and Oil Fracking

The Ohio Chapter Gas and Oil Fracking Committee is comprised of a core team of Sierra Club members from across the state working in cooperation with partner organizations to protect Ohio’s air and water from the impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing Drilling “Fracking”. We empowers citizens to protect their communities locally while supporting a statewide moratorium until fracking’s impacts are studied and until we believe that safe and effective regulation will prevent unacceptable harm to wildlife, human health, water, air, and property values.

 

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UPDATE: one of these facilities has exploded, injuring three workers.

In 2013, the Ohio legislature quietly inserted a provision in the budget (HB 59) that modified state oil and gas laws in ORC 1509.22(B)(2)(a) to read as follows:

On and after January 1, 2014, no person shall store, recycle, treat, process, or dispose of in this state brine or other waste substances associated with the exploration, development, well stimulation, production operations, or plugging of oil and gas resources without an order or a permit issued under this section or section 1509.06 or 1509.21 of the Revised Code or rules adopted under any of those sections. For purposes of division (B)(2)(a) of this section, a permit or other form of authorization issued by another agency of the state or a political subdivision of the state shall not be considered a permit or order issued by the chief of the division of oil and gas resources management under this chapter.

This has allowed over 20 facilities to exist in Ohio that can handle dangerous (explosive, toxic chemicals and radionuclides present) without a permit, rather simply with an “order by the chief” of Ohio DNR. For an explanation of this issue, see Terry Lodge’s letter to Attorney General Mike DeWine raising concerns about worker safety and environmental contamination below. Also see the testimony where Patriot advocated for this “grandfathering clause” in ORC 1509. It should be noted that this is the very same non-regulatory strategy that lead to the tragic contamination of water in West Virginia earlier this year.

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For Immediate Release
 Sierra Club Ohio Chapter Sues Ohio DNR for Public Records, Again
 
Columbus, Ohio – The Sierra Club Ohio Chapter has again been forced to file a lawsuit in order to obtain public records from Ohio Department of Natural Resources under Ohio’s open records law, Revised Code 149.43. This marks the third time in two years that the organization has had to file suit against the department for records. The suit was filed in the Franklin County Court of Appeals on Wednesday, April 2.

Columbus, OH – In an attempt to bury a story about a planned administration spanning conspiracy to promote fracking in public parks, a secret communications plan was leaked by Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s administration to reporters late Friday afternoon.

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The 2012 document [PDF] contains a Nixon-style enemies list. It includes detailed plans for various agencies spanning Kasich’s administration to “marginalize” opponents by teaming up with “allied” corporations, including Halliburton, business groups and media outlets.Now more records have been released and they show Kasich may very well be caught up in a cover-up. Read More

Citizens, groups, call on US EPA to hold ODNR accountable during audit for poor administration of injection wells.

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An Injection Well site near Youngstown, Ohio

 

Columbus, Ohio – a coalition of groups and individuals submitted reviews, testimony, and key documents to the US EPA, calling on them to hold Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) accountable for poor oversight of the state administered Underground Injection Control (UIC) program. The US EPA is auditing ODNR after the groups issued a complaint letter in March. Read More

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Fracking waste tanks at Hardrock excavating were implicated in confessions by employees that they were being ordered to be emptied into the Mahoning River by Ben Lupo, who has denied the allegations. Image: Cleveland.com

The Ohio Chapter of the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit with the Ohio Supreme Court today against the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for failing to comply with Ohio’s public records law. Six months after ODNR acknowledged receipt of the Sierra Club’s request for documents related to ODNR’s investigation into the illegal dumping of fracking waste,ODNR has yet to provide the Sierra Club with the requested public documents.

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