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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 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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May 10, 2013
Sierra Club Statement on Cancellation of Eastlake Natural Gas Project
COLUMBUS – Today Jed Thorp of the Ohio Chapter of the Sierra Club released the following statement after FirstEnergy and American Municipal Power scrapped plans for a natural gas project in Eastlake:
“This is yet another sign to Ohioans that there are better alternatives to fossil fuels. A 21st century energy economy means looking at ways to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and lower energy prices, rather than forcing customers to become reliant on new forms of dangerous extraction, like fracking for natural gas. We strongly encourage utilities to instead meet demand with increased energy efficiency, which is cheaper for customers and better for the environment than natural gas.”
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio recently ruled that FirstEnergy must bid their energy efficiency programs into this year’s electricity auction. Bidding for energy efficiency alongside other forms of energy is expected to lower prices. In their ongoing efforts to repeal Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency benchmarks, FirstEnergy has used the potential for shale gas development in Ohio as an excuse to abandon the standards, but today’s announcement contributes to a growing body of evidence showing that energy efficiency continues to be the less expensive option.
October 11th, 2012
So far 32 communities in Ohio have passed local legislation to protect the health of Ohio citizens and our environment. Take a look at the map and see which locations are leading the fight against fracking.
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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
September 7th, 2012
From the Columbus Dispatch
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has paid a $1,000 settlement and nearly $8,000 in attorney fees and court costs to end a public-records lawsuit.
The Ohio Sierra Club sued the agency in Franklin County Common Pleas Court in April, claiming that officials had ignored records requests for months. The advocacy group wanted to see all documents and emails related to the agency’s plan to open state parks and forests to shale drilling and “fracking.” The Dispatch had filed a request for the same records.
The documents and emails were released in four batches over two months. They revealed, among other things, that officials had considered keeping drilling rigs farther from campgrounds and other attractions than a proposed 300 feet, and that teams of agency workers were sent from their regular jobs to scour county property records for state-owned mineral rights. Officials also had discussed whether they should sell water from state park lakes and streams for fracking.
The state has yet to offer public land for drilling under the authority of a state law that was enacted on Sept. 30.
“We consider this case closed and are pleased that this matter is resolved to the satisfaction of both parties,” Natural Resources spokeswoman Bethany McCorkle said in a statement.
Jed Thorp of the Ohio Sierra Club said he is satisfied, too. “We hope that this lawsuit will improve ODNR’s responsiveness,” he said.