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The Statehouse News Bureau provides educational, comprehensive coverage of legislation, elections, issues and other activities surrounding the Statehouse to Ohio's public radio and television stations.

Environmental Group Fears Keystone Pipeline Decision Sets Bad Precedent

President Donald Trump’s go-ahead for the Keystone pipeline that runs from Canada to the gulf shore is triggering concerns from Ohio environmental groups. While the Keystone pipeline never gets close to Ohio, environmental groups believe the president’s approval creates a bad precedent.Ohio Environmental Council’s Melanie Houston says the Keystone project doesn’t go far enough to protect land and water.“What we want to see at the OEC is that there’s adequate protections for drinking water before oil and gas projects go forward and that’s what we’re going to be looking at for some of the pipelines that are proposed in Ohio.”There are two major pipelines planned for Ohio with federal oversight. Houston notes that both are natural gas pipelines which don’t pose as big of a threat as oil. Copyright 2017 The Statehouse News Bureau. To see more, visit The Statehouse News Bureau.