With increased natural gas extraction in the region, Ohio has experienced an influx of natural gas pipelines that are being proposed and built in the state. Pipelines pose inherent risk to air, land, and water resources, and public safety; however, through careful environmental review, permitting and avoidance of sensitive ecological areas, these risks can be minimized.
But in some cases, such as the Rover Pipeline, the construction of these pipelines have caused major damage to wetlands and water resources. The Rover Pipeline incurred numerous violations during its construction due stormwater violations, open burning, and spilling thousands of gallons of drilling fluids and diesel fuel onto land and into local waterways. This project serves as an example for what can go terribly wrong and why proper safeguards and oversight of pipeline projects are critically needed.
Other pipeline projects are proposed to be built through areas of the state where industrial development doesn’t belong, such as through precious public lands and forests like the Wayne National Forest.
The OEC aims to mitigate environmental and public health impacts of pipeline construction and to optimize safety in siting decisions. We engage in direct policy advocacy on pipeline proposals when they pose risks to: