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Kiwanis sends “Thank You” for 4th of J...

Zero Waste initiative On behalf of the Granville Kiwanis, please accept a heartfelt thanks for the volunteer assistance the Licking County Citizens for Public Health and the Environment provided at the 4th of July Celebration.  With the help of volunteers manning the resource recovery stations, 25% of the 10,960 pounds of waste generated this year was either recycled or composted.  By volume, it has been estimated that...

County conservation district looking for a sustain...

NEWARK — Imagine a Newark overflowing with sustainable small farms and community gardens that produce fresh, local produce for the community. The Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District thinks it can make that dream a reality with the help of a levy on the May ballot. The 0.15 mill levy over five years would raise about $555,000 for the district and cost the average homeowner of a $100,000 property about $5.25...

Licking County Solar Co-op to meet March 30, 2014

Solar Enthusiasts,  We dodged a snow storm and I hope that was winter’s last gasp.  I’m looking forward to sunnier days and more solar production.  While the Cooperative has been relatively quiet since last fall, things have been happening. Green Energy Ohio will be hosting a series of presentations, including one done by Greg Pace on solar cooperatives.  Greg is from the Clintonville Solar Cooperative and he...

Memorial for Teresa Peters on Friday, December 27,...

We have just learned that Teresa Peters, one of our most inspired and inspiring Concerned Citizen members passed away on December 16 from breast cancer. Teresa supported our effort in so many ways, including setting up this website and our membership mailing distribution process. She guided the building of two prize-winning “Growing Green Together” floats for the Granville 4th of July Parade, received the Ohio...

Dr. Mulroy Writes to Rep. Jay Hottinger about Clim...

Dear Representative Hottinger, I had the opportunity to visit with you a few months ago with a small group of constituents as part of OEC’s Lobby Day. I appreciated your willingness to meet with us and meant to send a follow-up e-mail to thank you. I also wanted to follow up on a brief exchange we had at the very end of the visit. I brought up the subject of climate change, recognizing that we were at the end of our...

Showdown in the Ohio Valley: War Veterans Prepare ...

Hashberger believes that the values – life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – for which he and his family have sacrificed are being trampled on by oil and gas companies. “The state of Ohio has done everything it can possibly do to make it easy for oil and gas companies to do business.” ======== What could make a former Marine, retired cop, and self-described “ultra-conservative” oppose fracking in his home state of...

Gas Industry Report Calls Anti-Fracking Movement a...

A report intended to help the oil and gas industry squash the anti-fracking movement turns out to be full of useful information—and admits that much of what activists are saying is true. Communities working to stop a controversial gas drilling process are getting what sounds like encouragement from an unlikely source: a report prepared for     the oil and gas industry on the risks posed by those communities themselves. Even...

Protestant group votes to divest from fossil fuels

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A group of Protestant churches has become the first U.S. religious body to vote to divest its pension funds and investments from fossil fuel companies because of climate change concerns. The United Church of Christ, which traces its origins back to the Pilgrims in 1620 and has about 1.1 million members in 5,100 congregations, voted on Monday to divest in stages over the next five years. But it left...

U.S. EPA Confirms that Ohio Statute Favoring The F...

Ohio’s Legislature Allowed the Oil & Gas Lobby to Dodge the “Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know” Law Columbus, OH:  In a letter received May 31, the U.S. EPA Office in Chicago confirmed the claims of Ohio environmental leaders that a state statute adopted in 2001 favoring the oil and gas industry violates federal laws designed to protect communities facing chemical emergencies. The letter responded to a...

Eminent domain threats persist for pipeline in Ohi...

Law change creates land-taking uncertainty for ATEX pipeline Walking between the skinny maples and oaks on his tree farm, Dave Bonifant emerges from the tree line at the end of his property, which is marked by a sunken wall of rocks he says were moved by the first Americans to farm this land after the Revolutionary War. On the other side of that wall, it looks as if a contained avalanche has rushed through. The woods have...

Poll: 54% of Americans have heard little or nothin...

Here’s some good info. on why we still have work to do in creating public demand for the policies we want and need on fracking.  Granted, the results are not Ohio-specific, but still give you a general idea of where the public “is” on the issue.   Jed  Monday, June 3, 2013   Most Americans have heard little to nothing about fracking and have not made up their own minds on whether it’s a “good” or “bad”...

Licking County landowner fights pipeline and appea...

NEWARK, Ohio — A Licking County landowner decided he didn’t want a pipeline to cross his property. When he refused, Enterprise Liquids Pipeline threatened to use eminent domain proceedings to take private property for the purpose of the ATEX pipeline the company was constructing. The Licking County, Ohio, landowner fought back with the help of a nonprofit legal center and, so far, Enterprise Liquids Pipeline has not filed a...

Keystone XL Pipeline ‘All Risk, No Reward’ State D...

GRAND ISLAND, Nebraska, April 18, 2013 (ENS) – Opponents of TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline packed a State Department public hearing on its latest environmental analysis of the pipeline to warn that it is all risk for the United States, with no reward. More than 1,000 pipeline opponents – far outnumbering supporters – packed a hearing room in Grand Island Wednesday to deliver that message to the State Department...

Our Meeting with Governor Kasich — Ohio Citi...

Dear News Editor: My name is Carolyn Harding, 156 N Roosevelt Ave, Bexley, OH 43209 (614) 893-6314. This my piece. Our Meeting with Governor Kasich “We, the People of Ohio, Ban Fracking and Toxic Disposal Injection Wells in our State. We Want Sustainable Energy; Clean and Safe Water, Air and Land.” Over 1,500 signed this petition and trusted me to deliver this message to the Governor. I was one of six individuals with three...

ATEX Pipeline preparations near Black Hand Gorge s...

Unclear whether company had permission to clear trees NEWARK — Clearing of trees on land west of Black Hand Gorge State Nature Preserve for a liquid gas pipeline drew criticism Wednesday from state and county officials, as well as local lovers of the area’s natural beauty. Friends of Blackhand Gorge posted its outrage on Facebook regarding the recent tree and brush removal along the north and south banks of the Licking River...