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Tell Governor Kasich: Protect Ohio Drinking Water!

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Trees, grass, and other native plants act as the last line of defense against chemicals, agricultural and sewage runoff around public drinking water sources. An amendment in the state budget will let neighbors waltz on to municipal or state owned land and cut it down. Take action and tell Governor Kasich to veto this amendment today!

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https://secure.sierraclub.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=16075

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Stop Toxins from Algae in Drinking Water

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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

 

 

Don’t Let Ohio Coal Get A Bailout

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Carbon pollution rolls from Sammis Coal-fired Power Plant. Utilities are asking PUCO to approve passing costs for outdated plants like Sammis onto customers. credit: Akron Beacon Journal

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.

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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.

 

Gas and Oil Fracking - Latest News

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has permitted the 616th fracking well in Ohio. Search the map below to find a well near you!

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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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Ohio permits 400th Fracking Well!

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

ODNR has to pay Sierra Club

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.

Find a Frack site near you

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!  

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