Ohio EPA is reviewing an application to extend an underground pipeline across Jefferson, Harrison, Tuscarawas, Coshocton, Muskingum, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway, Fayette, Greene, Clinton, Warren and Butler counties. Ohio EPA’s role is to ensure the work would not violate water quality standards. Public comments will be collected during three public hearings in March.

The three public information sessions and hearings will be held at:

• Sibcy Cline building in Warren County, 103 Oregonia Road, Lebanon, on March 18, 2013, at 6 p.m.

• David Barber Civic Center in Tuscarawas County, 1066 East State Street, Newcomerstown, March 20, at 6 p.m.; and

• Teays Valley West Middle School in Pickaway County, 200 Grove Run Road, Commercial Point, March 21, at 6 p.m.  Each session will be an opportunity for citizens to ask questions and submit comments concerning the application.

An application has been submitted by Enterprise Products operating on behalf of Enterprise Liquids Pipeline LLC to construct the Appalachia to Texas, or ATEX Express pipeline project. Within Ohio, 265 miles of ATEX pipeline has been proposed.

Anyone wanting to discharge dredged or fill material to waters of the state must first obtain a water quality certification from Ohio EPA and a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Ohio EPA’s review is to ensure the project will comply with Ohio’s water quality standards.  The proposed project may result in a change from the current water quality conditions of water bodies located along the pipeline route, but cannot violate Ohio’s water quality standards that protect human health and the environment.

Ohio EPA will consider the technical, economic, social and environmental aspects of the project before deciding to issue or deny a water quality certification.

Comments on the application may be presented at the hearing or be submitted in writing to: Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water, Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049.

The public comment period ends March 28, 2013.