Enviro Nazis File Petition Against Drilling in Wayne Natl Forest

Wayne National Forest
Wayne National Forest

It’s been 10 long years, but finally in October the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) posted a lease sale auction for 33 parcels in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest (see BLM Launches Auction to Lease Wayne National Forest for Fracking). Although there are some 18,000 acres under consideration for leasing by the BLM in WNF, this first batch amounts to about 1,600 acres–most of it in Monroe County, OH. Monroe is a prime location for Utica Shale drilling. WNF is the only national forest in Ohio and portions of it are found in Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Lawrence, Perry, Scioto, Vinton, and Washington counties. 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 for a decade–an absolute crime. But Constitutional property rights mean nothing to miseducated liberals who love to protest in faddish “causes”–like banning drilling in WNF. A group of these miseducated miscreants recently presented a petition with 92,000 signatures on it (so they claim) to officials of the BLM in Washington, DC–asking the BLM to stop the lease sale and slam the door on drilling in WNF. Are all 92,000 signatures from Ohio residents who might, theoretically, be impacted by shale drilling in WNF? You can bet your bottom dollar most of the signatures are from people who live outside Ohio…

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