An online environmental news organization says there's cause for concern about plans to construct a 250-mile natural gas pipeline from northeast Ohio to Canada.
"This is going to impact theenvironment . . it's also going to impact human health. This is a boom bust industry that's not going to provide long-term sustainability for our economy for the health of people or for the environment," said Stephanie Spear, executive director of EcoWatch.
Three energycompanies announced plans to build the $1.2 to $1.5 billion pipeline Tuesday.
The pipeline would be used to transport Utica shale gas from fields in eastern Ohio to customers in Ohio, Michigan and Ontario, Canada.
Spear said the pipeline could leak and cause groundwater pollution. She also said a pipeline could contribute to air pollution.
Spear also said she believes the economic benefits will be short-lived.