Radical Enviro Groups Suing to Block Wayne Natl Forest Drilling

In December the Bureau of Land Management proceeded with an online auction for BLM-controlled land in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest (see 10-Yr Wait is Over, BLM Auctions Wayne Natl Forest Leases Today). The BLM plan was to auction 33 parcels totaling 1,600 acres. As it turns out, only 17 parcels totally 719 acres actually got auctioned (see BLM Auction Leases 17 Parcels, 719 Acres in OH Wayne Natl Forest). At the last minute the BLM withdrew 881 acres (16 parcels) because there were remaining issues with ownership title of the mineral rights. The 719 acres was all leased by noon and brought bids ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 per acre–a laughably small (but important) amount of acreage because it will allow drilling units to be formed with nearby private acreage. The BLM recently announced they will hold another auction in March (see BLM Leasing Another 1,186 Acres in Wayne Natl Forest on March 23). Progress! We suppose it’s not surprising that four radical environmental organizations–on the far outreaches of the environmental movement–have just issued a notice to announce they are suing to stop any drilling in WNF. Which four groups?…

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