Radical Green Groups Sue Fed Govt to Block Fracking in Ohio WNF

After 10 long years, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) auctioned 719 acres in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest (WNF) last December (see BLM Auction Leases 17 Parcels, 719 Acres in OH Wayne Natl Forest). In March, the BLM held a second auction for 1,180 acres (see 2nd Wayne Natl Forest Lease Sale Hauls in $5.2M, Double Expectations). Ultimately there are some 18,000 acres under consideration for leasing by the BLM in WNF. 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 more than a decade. Until now, with these lease sales. Just when progress was being made, three radical Big Green groups have sued the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service to prevent fracking in WNF. Yesterday the odious Sierra Club, Ohio Environmental Council, and Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit (copy below) in federal court to block fracking in WNF…

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