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Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services Blog on the Buckeye XPress Pipeline of Wayne National Forest

https://www.fairshake-els.org/blog/buckeye


June 25, 2019


On June 19, 2019, Fair Shake moved to intervene in a pipeline application proposed between Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), on behalf of our clients FreshWater Accountability Project (FreshWater) and Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC). Columbia applied for approval from FERC for the Buckeye XPress Project to install a new pipeline to replace an existing one and to abandon another old pipeline. This pipeline is proposed to be 66.1-miles long and run through Vinton, Jackson, Gallia, and Lawrence Counties, Ohio and Wayne County, West Virginia, including running through Wayne National Forest.


The scale of extractive industry and proposed petrochemical development in the Ohio Appalachian Basin compels us support the environmental stewards, like OVEC and FreshWater, on the front-lines of the global environmental battles of our time. With the motion to intervene in the matter, available here, FreshWater and OVEC are able to voice the concerns of the communities effected in the Ohio Valley. They have also formally requested a public hearing and participation process which allows for parties to make their case to FERC for any adverse environmental impacts which they believe outweigh the public benefit.


FreshWater works to protect fresh water supplies through advocacy, legal action, and education. OVEC is dedicated to improving and preserving the environment through education, organizing, and coalition building. Both organizations have members who live, work in, and recreate in the areas the Buckeye XPress project is proposed to run through. The project threatens public health and comes against safety concerns such as explosions and leaks in the pipes, surface and groundwater contamination, and erosion and landslides. It also will increase the threat of climate change by releasing carbon dioxide into the air.


Fair Shake also joined with other intervenors – including Ohio Environmental Council, Center for Biological Diversity, and Sierra Club – to voice these concerns on behalf of our clients and submitted a public comment regarding the Environmental Assessment FERC completed on the project. Other than the concerns listed above, the comment also noted FreshWater’s and OVEC’s concerns with how the project would impact Wayne National Forest and hurt the surrounding wildlife and environment. Wayne National Forest is the only national forest in Ohio. This project would impact FreshWater’s and OVEC’s members ability recreate in the National Forest, and to live, work, worship, and own property in the surrounding areas. Fair Shake is committed to tirelessly advocating for our clients’ concerns. Check back for updates as this matter continues.

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The organization who manages this page and who is leading the efforts pertaining to protecting the Ohio River Valley from a petrochemical build-out is called Concerned Ohio River Residents(CORR). Click HERE to view our Facebook page. We are Ohio Valley citizens concerned about the extremely detrimental toll that the PTT Global ethane cracker plant will take on our health, air, water and future if it is built, and we are organizing an effort to stop it from coming to the beautiful Ohio Valley. This website is dedicated to informing the public about the proposed project and the plethora of negative effects that it will bring if built, as well as being a resource that provides anyone the tools and connections needed to get involved. We are supported by our partners who are other grassroots organizations (some national, some more local).

A petrochemical and refining company named PTT Global Chemical has proposed to build an ethane chemical "cracker" plant in Dilles Bottom, OH- about 5 miles south of Shadyside, OH and directly West across the Ohio River from Moundsville, WV. This is a Thailand-based company. Cracker plants essentially take ethane produced from fracked gas and turn it into plastic pellets that will then be shipped to other companies that will use them to create plastic products. Other products are created at these types of facilities as well, however the majority of the process will be for plastic creation at this plant if it is built. Please see the 'What is a Cracker Plant?' tab to learn more about the physical process. The Plant IS NOT a done deal yet. Local opposition is important at this time. Please see the "Get Involved" tab to explore other ways your voice can be heard. The Ohio Valley deserves better than this toxic industry. We deserve something sustainable and something that won't pollute our air and water more than it already is and something that won't turn into a bust after a few decades. We are standing in solidarity together and advocating for a better future for our region and our planet.

Send an email to info@pttgcamerica.com and express your personal concerns pertaining to the cracker plant directly to the company or click here to be directed to the company contact page.

The following non-profit organizations are partnering with CORR to carry out the mission:

FreshWater Accountability Project (based in Ohio)

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Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (based in WV)

 

 

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