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Black plume rises over East Palestine, Ohio, as a result of a controlled detonation of a portion of the derailed Norfolk Southern train, Feb. 6, 2023. If the fossil fuel industry gets its way, many more trains will pass through the region soon, adding to a slew of environmental threats posed by the industry’s plans for the Ohio River Valley.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
Article February 2, 2024

Putting a Lid on Plastics Production in the Ohio River Valley

Residents are challenging industry’s petrochemicals push into the region, and Earthjustice’s legal strategy has helped them notch an early win.

In the News: WESA November 6, 2021

Environmental groups sue to invalidate permits for ethane storage project in Ohio

Megan Hunter, Attorney, Fossil Fuels Program, Earthjustice: “How do you protect these underground sources of drinking water if you haven’t even mapped where they’re located in the project area and examined potential migration pathways?”

In the News: The Allegheny Front October 29, 2021

Environmental groups sue to invalidate permits for ethane storage project

Megan Hunter, Attorney, Fossil Fuels Program, Earthjustice: “How do you protect these underground sources of drinking water if you haven’t even mapped where they’re located in the project area and examined potential migration pathways?”

Document October 27, 2021

Mandamus Petition CORR 10th Circuit Mountaineer Storage Hub Gas

Relators seek a writ of mandamus to compel Respondents, officers within the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (“ODNR”), to vacate, invalidate, or otherwise cancel the three drilling permits that Respondents issued to Powhatan Salt Company to drill new solution mining wells in Salem Township, Monroe County, Ohio.

Press Release October 27, 2021

Groups Challenge Approvals for Mountaineer Fracked Gas Storage Wells

ODNR violated state regulations and the federal Safe Drinking Water Act

Flare up at fracking well.
(wcn247 / CC BY-NC 2.0)
case June 16, 2021

Defending the Ohio River Valley from the Risks of Solution Mining Wells

A coalition of clean water advocates represented by Earthjustice — Buckeye Environmental Network, Concerned Ohio River Residents, Freshwater Accountability Project, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and the Sierra Club — successfully sued the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for issuing permits to build three solution mining wells without public notice or comment or preparing a draft…

Document April 8, 2021

Letter on Powhatan Salt Company Permit Applications

Letter on Powhatan Salt Company Permit Applications

Press Release April 8, 2021

Environmental Groups Urge Ohio Department of Natural Resources to Deny Permits for Powhatan Salt Company

In a letter to the ODNR Director, groups highlight Powhatan Salt Company’s severe deficiencies in their proposal to develop hazardous liquid storage next to Ohio River

Document March 24, 2021

Report on Powhatan Salt Company Solution Mining Wells for Storage of Natural Gas Liquids

A report by the Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy reviewing the Powhatan Salt Company’s revised permit applications.

Flare up at fracking well.
(wcn247 / CC BY-NC 2.0)
Press Release: Victory September 23, 2020

Ohio Department of Natural Resources Cancels Mountaineer Permits

In a victory for clean water advocates, Ohio Department of Natural Resources cancels permits to construct three solution mining wells in the Ohio River Valley