A trio of conservation groups is challenging a proposal to build a natural gas pipeline across Ohio’s Wayne National Forest.
Yesterday, the Ohio Environmental Council, the Sierra Club and the Center for Biodiversity filed a motion to intervene in the permitting process for the pipeline.
Columbia Gas Transmission, a subsidiary of TransCanada Corp., wants to build the 66-mile Buckeye Xpress pipeline from southern Ohio to West Virginia. About 12 of those miles would cross the Wayne National Forest. The pipeline would also cross the Ohio River.
The Ohio Environmental Council and other groups are also suing the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service for sanctioning natural gas drilling on the Wayne National Forest.
The proposed pipeline would cross 336 streams and 134 acres of wetlands, according to conservationists.
“The Wayne is Ohio’s only national forest,” said Chris Tavenor, an attorney for the Ohio Environmental Council, “and federal agencies need to recognize the importance of these ecological treasures beyond their potential for pipelines and well pads.”