Just because gas prices have dropped doesn’t mean Ohio should build more highways. Recently, 700 Sierra Club members commented on the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) 2014 Statewide Transit Needs Study. Now we have the opportunity to weigh in on the specific projects that ODOT will fund in 2015-2018.
We hope you can join the Sierra Club for our annual Chapter Retreat. As one of the largest and most influential environmental organizations in the state, this is the time each year where we celebrate our victories, renew our spirits, and make our plans the year ahead. All are welcome, and meals will be provided for members who register.
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.
Gas and Oil Fracking - Latest News
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.
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 21st, 2012
Check Out Sierra Club Beyond Oil latest production The Dirtiest Oil on Earth, an animation on the dangers of tar sands, the world’s dirtiest oil from Alberta, Canada. The animation, created by Sierra Club Productions features narration by actor Joshua Jackson (Fringe, The Skulls, Dawson’s Creek) and highlights the dangers of spills, pipelines, accidents and the contamination of our air, water, and land.
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.