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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

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Legislative Program

The Sierra Club Ohio Chapter’s legislative program encourages policies that protect and preserve Ohio’s environment. Legislative issues include clean energy, energy efficiency, building codes, public transit, public lands protection, factory farm regulation, and clean water. Sierra Club works to influence legislation by educating lawmakers and the media, using action alerts to create public pressure about an issue, and organizing citizen lobby days at the Statehouse.

 

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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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The Sierra Club will again be co-sponsoring the Ohio Environmental Council’s annual Environmental Lobby Day, to be held Tuesday, March 19th in Columbus.  The first 20 Sierra Club members who RSVP HERE will have their registration fee paid by the Ohio Chapter.

Join us for updates on the top legislative priorities for 2013 and in-person lobbying of YOUR legislators.  More information can be found HERE or at www.theoec.org.

Give Senator Hite a call anytime 614-466-8150

The Great Lakes Compact, signed in 2008, has the potential to safeguard our water supply and foster healthy, sustainable and vibrant communities for centuries to come.  HB 473 breaks that promise and allows industry virtually unlimited water while leaving little for the public and environment.

Please Call on Senator  Hite 614-466-8150 to amend Hb 473 to protect Lake Erie! Read More

Last week, many components of Governor Kasich’s Energy Plan were introduced in Senate Bill 315, which is currently being debated in the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for news and analysis, and information on how YOU can make YOUR voice heard on this important piece of legislation.

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Call Senator Hite today 614- 466-8150

The Great Lakes Compact, signed in 2008, has the potential to safeguard our water supply and foster healthy, sustainable and vibrant communities for centuries to come.  HB 473 breaks that promise and allows industry virtually unlimited water while leaving little for the public and environment.   

HB 473 threatens our water supply by allowing industry to withdraw over 89 million gallons in a single day, leaves our highest quality rivers unprotected, and limits public participation in the permitting process.       

Please Call on Senator  Hite 614-466-8150 to amend Hb 473 to protect Lake Erie! Read More