Protest letter sent after federal agency puts Blue Rock auction on hold.
A coalition of environmental groups have sent a letter to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to protest the federal agency's plan to open Ohio's Blue Rock State Forest for fracking.
“Blue Rock State Forest is a natural treasure that belongs to all Ohioans,”Nathan Johnson, staff attorney of the Buckeye Forest Council, said in a release. “We are stunned the BLM would attempt to frack our forest without making sure citizens and state government had a chance to respond to the plan and make their concerns known.”
The letter asks that Land Management allow the public time to comment on the planned auction of mineral rights beneath the state forest located in Muskingum County. The agency closed the comment period on April 25, and the groups claim the public wasn't given adequate notice.
Land Management officials agreed to put the planned Dec. 12 auction on hold after Ohio Department of Natural Resources officials told them they also didn't know about it and hadn't given their consent.
You can read more about the proposed auction here and the decision to delay that auction by clicking here.