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Lawsuit Over Fracking Plan for Ohio’s Only National Forest Expanded

COLUMBUS, Ohio— Conservation groups today expanded a lawsuit challenging a U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management plan to permit fracking in Ohio’s only national forest. The groups are challenging a new 1,147-acre March 2017 lease sale in Wayne National Forest and adding claims that the federal fracking plans violate the Endangered Species Act, threatening animals in the forest and downstream. “Federal officials should not be putting corporate profits ahead of endangered species, safe drinking water and public health,” said Taylor McKinnon with the Center for Biological Diversity. “The government is violating its own laws to pave the way
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Lawsuit Filed Challenging Fracking in the Wayne

Multiple Organizations File Lawsuit Challenging Fracking Plan For Ohio’s Only National Forest   Feds Overlook Danger to Wildlife, Watersheds, and Ohio River COLUMBUS, Ohio— Conservation groups today sued the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management over plans to permit hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations in Ohio’s only national forest, the Wayne National Forest. The lawsuit was filed in federal district court in Columbus. The lawsuit charges that in opening the national forest to large-scale, high-volume fracking industrialization, and in subsequently approving oil and gas leases without addressing impacts to watersheds, public health, climate, and endangered species including the
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Groups Challenge FERC’s Approval of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline

For Immediate Release: 23 March 2017 Groups Challenge Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Approval of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Washington, DC — Today, the Sierra Club, Lancaster Against Pipelines, Lebanon Pipeline Awareness, Allegheny Defense Project, Clean Air Council, Concerned Citizens of Lebanon County, and Heartwood filed a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) approval of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline.  The pipeline would clear cut its way through ten Pennsylvania counties, impacting hundreds of acres of forested land and crossing dozens of wetlands and water bodies. The
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