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Ohio EPA fast-tracks pollution permits for shale-gas companies



Published: Sun, January 26, 2014 @ 1:27 p.m.

Ohio EPA fast-tracks pollution permits for shale-gas companies

Associated Press

NEW MIDDLETOWN

Some environmental groups and eastern Ohio residents say the state is hurrying permits for gas processing plants amid the shale drilling boom.

They say fast-tracking some permit requests prevents examination of local concerns about air and water pollution from refineries and the fracking process that frees the gas. Ohio Environmental Council lobbyist Jack Shaner says the state is bending over backward to accommodate the industry.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that demands for a public hearing in Mahoning County on a refinery permit application last year for the Hickory Bend processing plant in New Middletown were rejected by officials trying to avoid lengthy delays. Instead, the company got its permit in about four months.

State environmental officials say they are taking the right steps to protect residents and the environment. Operations with major pollution issues undergo much more scrutiny.

See the front page of Sunday’s Vindicator for a more complete version of this story.


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1TheFarmersWife(7 comments)posted 6 months ago

These facilities should not be given minor source permits! The pollution emitted a should be aggregated and location should be a major concern! It is within a mile of Springfield local schools and slightly more of Mohawk Area Schools. Across the street is 26+ unit trailer court with no escape route if the place blows up as did a similar facility in Sissionville Va, owned by the exact same company. Google it! The blast cratered a highway 1/2 mile away! Kudos to the Springfield Township supervisors and the land owner for bringing this disaster to our doorstep!

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