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Report | Environment Ohio Research & Policy Center

The Costs of Fracking

Over the past decade, the oil and gas industry has fused two technologies – hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling – to unlock new supplies of fossil fuels in underground rock formations across the United States. “Fracking” has spread rapidly, leaving a trail of contaminated water, polluted air, and marred landscapes in its wake. In fact, a growing body of data indicates that fracking is an environmental and public health disaster in the making.

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Report | Environment Ohio Research and Policy Center

When it Rains, it Pours

Global warming is happening now and its effects are being felt in the United States and around the world. Among the expected consequences of global warming is an increase in the heaviest rain and snow storms, fueled by increased evaporation and the ability of a warmer atmosphere to hold more moisture.

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News Release | Environment Ohio

Lake Erie protected from gas drilling

Columbus – Environment Ohio praised Governor Kasich’s decision to issue an executive order barring oil and gas drilling in Lake Erie.   The group won a similar order from Governor Taft nearly a decade ago, but the issue takes on new resonance as the threat of fracking looms over the rest of the state.

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Protecting the Hocking Hills region from fracking

As the gas industry prepares for a boom in hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," in Ohio, we've talked to thousands of Ohioans and shone a media spotlight on the issue. We're working declare our forests and rural landscapes—such as the Hocking Hills region—off limits to fracking, and to win stronger protections to ensure that gas companies don't endanger public health.

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Driving the climate change message home

We’ve helped educate thousands of people across the state about the threat global warming poses to our economy and public health, showing that four out of five Americans live in counties that experienced federal weather disasters between 2006 and 2011, and that global warming loads the dice for more extreme weather events.

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