4 things you need to know about DeWine’s environmental record
1. Rover Pipeline trashes Ohio, DeWine drags his feet to take action
Since the Rover Pipeline started construction in Ohio, its managers have been responsible for demolishing an historic home, leaking 2 million gallons of drilling sludge into a pristine wetland, and dumping contaminated slurry near drinking water sources.
After months of Rover’s reckless disregard for Ohio communities, the Ohio EPA referred the Rover case to Mike DeWine’s office in July of 2017 and again in September. It wasn’t until November that DeWine took any action, despite Rover already incurring over 104 noncompliance incidents by end of September.
Despite people’s property, homes, and safety being in jeopardy, DeWine, continued to delay action for months after the Ohio EPA asked for help. He filed suit the day after democratic gubernatorial candidate Betty Sutton asked the Ohio ethics commission to look into DeWine’s financial investments in Rover and whether that influenced his lack of action against the company.
As of April 2018, Energy Transfer Partners - the parent company of Rover Pipeline - is still listed on DeWine’s financial disclosure form.
2. DeWine sues federal government to block drinking water protections
The Clean Water Rule and Stream Protections Rules aimed to prevent pollution and degradation of the small streams and rivers that nearly 90% of Ohioans rely on for drinking water.
The Clean Water Rule rightly corrected a gap in drinking water protections that only accounted for major water bodies, not the smaller streams and tributaries that feed into them. The Stream Protection Rule would have required coal companies to operate farther away from streams, restore any streams damaged during mining, and to not dump coal waste directly into streams.
Despite these benefits, DeWine sued the federal government to block both protections.
3. DeWine sues to stop rule that would prevent 90,000 pediatric asthma attacks
DeWine filed suit against our nation’s first-ever protections against carbon pollution from power plants. Based on the EPA’s own analysis, these protections would have prevented 4,500 premature deaths and 90,000 asthma attacks in children each year by 2030. In Ohio alone, the Clean Power Plan will save 2,800 lives in the next 10 years.
Despite this, DeWine has filed suit on behalf of Ohioans against these essential protections that will save lives and help Ohio kids live a happy, healthy childhood.
4. DeWine’s big polluter donations
DeWine has accepted over $525,000 in campaign donations from electric utilities and mining companies since 2010. Many of these companies have a direct financial stake in the fate of federal environmental protections.