PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: James Lee
CITIZEN CONTACT: Kristopher Weiss
Public Comments Sought for Proposed Pipeline
Hearing Set for Possible Pipeline Project in Fairfield, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry and Vinton counties
Ohio EPA will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, at Morgan High School, 800 Raider Drive, McConnelsville, to present details and answer questions concerning an application related to four proposed pipelines and accept comments as part of a public hearing.
The application has been made by Columbia Gas Transmission for a 401 water quality certification to install four new natural gas pipelines totaling 131.6 miles; 28.21 miles of existing natural gas pipeline would be abandoned in place.
Discharges from the proposed project would have a potential to affect the quality of streams in the following watersheds: Upper Sunfish Creek; Piney Fork; Lower Sunfish Creek; Upper East Fork Duck Creek; headwaters, West Fork Duck Creek; Stillhouse Run – Ohio River; Glady Run – Seneca Fork; South Fork Buffalo Creek – Buffalo Creek; Trail Run – Wills Creek; Painter Creek; Black Fork; Upper Moxahala Creek; Mans Fork; headwaters, Meigs Creek; Dyes Fork; Island Run; Oilspring Run – Muskingum River; headwaters, Rush Creek; Clark Run – Rush Creek; Turkey Run – Rush Creek; Tarhe Run – Hocking River; Buck Run – Hocking River; Clear Fork; Pine Creek, East Fork Queer Creek; Queer Creek; Brushy Fork; headwaters, Elk Fork; and headwaters, Little Raccoon Creek.
The proposed project may result in a change from current water quality conditions, but cannot violate Ohio’s water quality standards that protect human health and the environment. Ohio EPA will consider technical, economic, social and environmental aspects of the project before deciding whether to issue or deny a water quality certification. Copies of the application and technical support information are available on Ohio EPA’s website or by calling (614) 644-2001.
Anyone planning to discharge, dredge or use fill material in a way that impacts waters of the state must first obtain a water quality certification from Ohio EPA and a permit from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Ohio EPA reviews the project to ensure it will comply with Ohio’s water quality standards.
Ohio EPA values public comment. All interested parties are welcome to attend or be represented and give written or verbal comments on the project. Ohio EPA will continue to accept written comments about the application through Oct. 27, 2016.
Written comments or requests to be placed on a mailing list for information may be directed to Ohio EPA-DSW, Attention: Permits Processing Unit., P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio, 43216-1049, or comments may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.