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2012: Year in Review


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  • 1. 2012: Year in Review
  • 2. Horizontal Fracking Continued to lead the call for a moratorium on horizontal hydrological fracturing (“fracking”) until the U.S. EPA completes its review of risks and needed controls to protect drinking water sources. Successfully secured greater protection of public well fields from contamination from fracking.
  • 3. Lake Erie Secured the first-ever controls on water withdrawals from Lake Erie and the tributaries that drain to it. Successfully defended the right to walk along the Lake Erie shore in a landmark Ohio Supreme Court case.
  • 4. Energy Efficiency Successfully expanded Ohio’s energy efficiency standard to tap the great potential of recovering wasted heat to use as energy in industrial processes, reducing harmful air pollution and displacing coal and nuclear power. Fended off utility giant FirstEnergy’s attempt to repeal Ohio’s energy efficiency standard, which is reducing harmful air pollution, saving wasted energy, growing new clean energy jobs, and saving consumers money.
  • 5. Renewable Energy Repelled attacks on Ohio’s renewable energy standard, which is generating clean energy from Ohio-based wind and solar farms, displacing coal and nuclear power, reducing harmful air pollutants, and growing new clean energy jobs.
  • 6. State Nature Preserves Secured continued funding for Ohio’s superlative system of state nature preserves by fending off the Governor’s attempt to dissolve the Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves and by winning bipartisan support for the new funding.
  • 7. WetlandsIn one legal case, the OEC: Saved John & Marilyn Saveson from being unfairly taxed $56,000 for putting their wetlands into conservation protection. Helped farmers and other landowners make wetlands conservation affordable. Helped keep government agencies from changing important policies without public notice.
  • 8. Clean Ohio Fund Successfully secured $48 million in Clean Ohio Funds to develop recreational trails and preserve family farmland, river corridors, and open space.
  • 9. Outstanding Fiscal Responsibility The OEC has a proven track record of success. For the 6th year in a row, Charity Navigator has awarded the OEC a 4-star rating – its highest rating – putting the OEC in the top 5% of all U.S. charities for fiscal management.
  • 10. Join Us NowPlease join our environmental-conservation community!As a member of the Ohio Environmental Council, you will: receive great member benefits, and become part of the community working to restore, protect, and strengthen the quality of life for families and communities—from the air we breathe and the water we drink to the food we eat and natural resources we enjoy. Donate today at