Feb 07, Columbia Gas & Ohio reach agreement. Apr 07, Columbia violates agreement.
In February, Columbia Gas and the Ohio Dept of Natural Resources (ODNR) reached an agreement regarding clearing around wellheads in the Mohican Forest. According to the Beacon Journal "The agreement also ordered that no trees were to be cut along gas pipeline rights of way within the north-central Ohio forest until ODNR and the company reached a separate deal on the dimensions of the clearance."


From the
Mount Vernon News on April 9th "While clearing trees on private property last week, a maintenance crew working for Columbia Gas Transmission mistakenly also cut trees in the Mohican State Forest.
"Columbia Gas had been clearing on private land along a gas line right of way," said Andy Ware, assistant chief of forestry for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Forestry Division. "There's a spot where the line crosses over into the state forest. The clearing continued from private property onto state property, almost 300 foot long and 50 foot wide.
"We were really surprised and very disappointed this happened," said Ware. "Our agreement with [Columbia Gas Transmission] clearly pertained to well head sites only.
"We do believe the boundary was clearly marked," he said. "In that area, a yellow mark of paint is an indication of the boundary. One of the trees that was cut was a yellow-marked tree."

Once again Columbia has shown it is either inept or duplicitous. Before gas lines are permitted by FERC, environmental concerns (local and otherwise) had to be addressed. After permitting local and state governments are not allowed to unreasonably interfere with the operation of the pipeline, however the intent was NOT to give the energy company the right to do whatever it wanted.
(See the Big Lies) When it comes to deciding how to treat the public and private lands on which it has a right of way, Columbia Gas is an unfit steward. The federal government should relieve Columbia of this burden and give authority back to the states to determine how energy companies (NOT just Columbia Gas) maintain the land above their pipes.

Rob

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