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Ld 2014 issues webinar

  1. 1. Environmental Lobby Day: Know the Issues Thank you for joining us. We will begin in a moment. Please check your speakers/phone connection. If you experience any problems, please let us know by typing in the chat box. Many thanks to our Environmental Lobby Day Sponsors: Mom’s Clean Air Force www.facebook.com/ohioenvironmentalcouncil www.twitter.com/ohioenviro
  2. 2. Ohio Environmental Council The OEC is Ohio’s most comprehensive, effective and respected environmental advocate for a healthier, more sustainable Ohio. Our experts work daily 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. Please join us! OEC members:  Receive great benefits  Become part of the community working to restore, protect, and strengthen the quality of life for families and communities in Ohio. Become a member today at www.theOEC.org.
  3. 3. The following is an overview of Ohio’s current clean energy law (SB 221), about the energy market in the state, and about SB 58, which aims to gut Ohio’s current energy efficiency and renewable resources standards. SB 58: The Fight for Ohio’s Clean Energy Future Katy Shanahan, Clean Energy Campaigns Associate
  4. 4. Clean Energy Coal (77.87%) Nuclear (11%) Natural Gas (9%) Where Does Ohio Get Its Energy?
  5. 5. Clean Energy  Increase diversity in electricity portfolio (RE)  Hedge against anticipated energy price increases (EE)  Create Jobs  Save energy & save consumers money Why Clean Energy Standards?
  6. 6. Clean Energy  Jobs created  Burgeoning energy market  Utility costs decreased  Cleaner environment Positive Impacts of SB 221
  7. 7. Clean Energy SB 58 would gut Ohio’s current energy efficiency and renewable resources standards. Economic and environmental effects • Utility costs • Jobs and economic competiveness decrease • Detriment to environment What is SB 58?
  8. 8. Recommendation for OGA The Ask: Reject SB 58 and its companion bill HB 302 in their entirety as they are currently written. During the last six years Ohio has made great strides in becoming a cleaner and healthier environment in which to live and removing our current energy efficiency and renewable resources standards would be detrimental to the progress the state has made.
  9. 9. Orphan Well Plugging and Geological Survey Jack Shaner, OEC Deputy Director Oil and gas extraction (“fracking”) poses many risks to the environment. Two easy but critical steps that lawmakers should take right away are to: • Speed up the plugging of old, abandoned “orphan” oil + gas wells • StEp up the geological survey of underground water sources and fault lines before approving new oil + gas wells
  10. 10. Orphan Well Plugging  Thousands of old, improperly abandoned “orphan” oil and gas wells dot Ohio’s landscape.  Pose a number of threats to the environment.  Good news: Additional $1M to ODNR’s Orphan Well Plugging Program.  More good news: The Ohio House of Representatives proposed additional $3M for the program.
  11. 11. Orphan Well Plugging  Need more than funding. Since 1977, the ODNR has plugged 1,000 wells  Establish an Orphan Well Fund -- a "lockbox" that can only be used for plugging orphan wells  Require the ODNR to perform an inventory of orphan wells including the identification of any remaining responsible parties than can pay for the plugging of any wells that they abandoned.
  12. 12. Geological Survey Why it matters:  Scientists have confirmed earthquakes from oil+gas waste-water injection wells, but never from production wells.  The Ohio House has proposed $3M per fiscal year for ODNR Geological Survey.  The OEC is calling on lawmakers to immediately increase current funding by $1M.
  13. 13. Recommendation for OGA The Ask: Reduce the risk of environmental impacts from past, present, and future oil + gas extraction (“fracking”) by: A. Speeding up the efficient plugging of old, abandoned orphan wells B. Stepping up pre-drilling geological surveys for new wells
  14. 14. Nutrient Pollution & Manure Kristen Kubitza, Director of Water Policy & Outreach • Environmental Impacts • Public Health Impacts • Recreation Impacts • Economic Costs Nutrient Pollution In Ohio’s Waterways
  15. 15. Nutrient Pollution & Manure Lake Erie, Grand Lake St. Mary’s, and beyond Akron Lima Findlay Clarmont Co.
  16. 16. Nutrient Pollution & Manure Sources of Nutrient Pollution  Waste Water Treatment Plants  Urban Stormwater Runoff  Open Lake Disposal of Dredged Material  Agricultural Commercial Fertilizer  Agricultural Manure
  17. 17. Nutrient Pollution & Manure Why Manure? “Agricultural operations are a major source of phosphorus loadings into Lake Erie. These loadings result primarily from fertilizer application and manure. The bulk of this input occurs during spring snowmelt and heavy rainstorms, when significant amounts of phosphorus can be transported by runoff water.” IJC, 2014
  18. 18. Recommendation for OGA The Ask: Urge the Ohio General Assembly to pass legislation that ban’s the application of manure on frozen or snow covered ground.
  19. 19. Clean Ohio Fund Jack Shaner, Deputy Director Imagine a fund that can: • Conserve beautiful open space, ecologically sensitive areas + stream corridors • Preserve family farmland • Build bicycle and walking trails • Clean up and revitalize old industrial sites Imagine no more! It’s called the Clean Ohio Fund.
  20. 20. Clean Ohio Fund: 4 great programs The Clean Ohio Fund is a state matching fund for land and water conservation projects. The Fund restores, protects, and connects Ohio's important natural and urban places by:  Conserving green space + stream corridors  Preserving family farmland  Building recreational trails  Cleaning up old industrial brownfields
  21. 21. Clean Ohio Fund: a proven success Some government programs only promise results. The Clean Ohio fund actually delivers results. Since the voters first approved it in 2000, the Clean Ohio Fund has:  Conserved more than 26,000 acres of open space  Preserved 40,000 acres of prime farmland  Built more than 200 miles of family-friendly trails  Cleaned up 400 old industrial sites  Benefited all Ohio with projects in all 88 counties
  22. 22. Clean Ohio Fund: a positive ROI The Clean Ohio Fund is not only good for Mother Nature. It’s also good for jobs and the economy.  $800M in Clean Ohio investment has leveraged an additional $2.6B in total economic impact  Clean Ohio Fund bonds do not raise taxes. Each $25M in bonds requires only $2.3M in debt service.  The Clean Ohio Fund is helping build a cleaner, greener, more sustainable Ohio – helping make Ohio a more attractive place to start a business, grow a family, and enjoy the great outdoors.
  23. 23. Recommendation for the OGA Governor John Kasich has just proposed $100M in Clean Ohio Funds over the next 2 years – the maximum amount allowed by Ohio law! The Ask: Please support Gov. Kasich’s proposal in the Capital Budget Bill (HB 497) to invest $100M in the Clean Ohio Fund:  $75M for conserving green space  $12.5M for preserving family farmland  $12.5M for building recreational trails
  24. 24. Lobbying Tips Tips for effective lobbying. 1) Remember lawmakers are human beings 2) Be on time 3) Press for commitment 4) Be a good listener 5) Say thank you Brian Kaiser, Director of Green Jobs & Innovation OEC’s Advocacy toolkit: www.theOEC.org
  25. 25. Q & A - Feedback  Questions?  Feedback? LobbyDay@theOEC.org Follow us on Twitter @OhioEnviro Take a brief survey to help us continually improve Environmental Lobby Day