OH Landowners Urge BLM to Proceed with Wayne Natl Forest Drilling

Wayne National Forest

Wayne National Forest

As MDN told you last week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is currently seeking public comments on a plan to allow drilling in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest, or WNF (see Another Baby Step in Fracking Ohio’s Wayne National Forest). WNF is a “patchwork” of public land scattered among private land. Some 60% of the mineral rights below WNF are privately owned. Those mineral rights owners have been denied the use of their property rights going on a decade. Ohio landowners are fed up with waiting for the federal bureaucracy to get off its rear-end and allow drilling. In response to the latest BLM call for public input, a group of Ohio landowners calling themselves LEASE–Landowners for Energy Access and Safe Exploration–praising the BLM for its favorable Environmental Assessment (EA) on WNF drilling, and calling on Ohio landowners to provide comments to the BLM during this period. LEASE is hoping a strong showing from Ohio landowners may push the groaning, creaking federal bureaucracy into action to allow drilling…

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