In announcing public scoping hearings, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) took a positive step forward in opening up the Wayne National Forest for energy development and restoring private property rights for southeastern Ohio landowners. In holding scoping hearings for shale development in the Wayne National Forest, the BLM is listening to the voices of hundreds of southeastern Ohioans who support continued energy development in the Wayne.
“We’re glad to see the federal government make positive progress toward approving leasing of federal minerals in the Wayne National Forest,” said Becky Clutter, founder of the grassroots movement Landowners for Energy Access and Safe Exploration. “A small group of extreme environmentalists hijacked this debate four years ago and effectively blocked hard-working, southeastern Ohio landowners from realizing the full value of their minerals. It’s time for the federal government to quickly grant approval for energy development in the Wayne that will restore private property rights and provide an economic boost for our region’s economy.”
BLM will hold public scoping hearings on Nov. 17, 18, and 19 in Marietta, Athens, and Ironton, respectively.Continue reading by clicking here.
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