Ohio pipeline spill raises broader questions about oversight

“From its onset, the Rover Pipeline project has been a disaster for Ohio’s fragile wetland ecosystems,” said Heather Taylor-Miesle of the Ohio Environmental Council. In her view, the company’s spills “demonstrate a lack of respect for both Ohio’s environment and the people who live here.”...

On May 2, the Ohio Environmental Council, Sierra Club and two other groups sued in federal court to block plans to allow drilling in parts of the Wayne National Forest in southeastern Ohio.

“The Wayne National Forest offers a critical habitat for many of Ohio’s rare, threatened or endangered species, such as the Indiana bat, bobcat, and eastern box turtle, among others,” said Nathan Johnson at the Ohio Environmental Council “Like all forests in Ohio, the Wayne is still quite young, and recovering from a legacy of over-exploitation…. Allowing large-scale fracking and the infrastructure required to support it would be a huge setback for the forest.”

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Friday, May 12, 2017