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2015 Ohio Sierra Club Retreat

Mohican-winterWe 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.

Join us at Mohican State Park Lodge for the Annual Chapter Retreat on Jan 31st- Feb 1st!

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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 Utilities are asking PUCO to approve passing costs for outdated plants like Sammis onto customers.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

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!  

View Ohio Fracking Map II in a full screen map

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.

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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.

Sign Up for the Rally June 17th, 11:00 am at Arch Park in Downtown Columbus.  

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On Monday, April 9th the Ohio Chapter Sierra Club filed suit against the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to reveal plans for drilling in State Parks, forests, and public lands.  The Sierra Club’s outstanding public request for lease agreements and guidelines for drilling activity were being ignored.

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