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Some groups, residents question Ohio permitting

Updated: Monday, January 27 2014, 07:52 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Some environmental groups and eastern Ohio residents say the state is hurrying permits for gas processing plants amid the shale drilling boom.

   They say fast-tracking some permit requests prevents examination of local concerns about air and water pollution from refineries and the fracking process that frees the gas. Ohio Environmental Council lobbyist Jack Shaner says the state is bending over backward to accommodate the industry.

   State environmental officials say they are taking the right steps to protect residents and the environment. Operations with major pollution issues undergo much more scrutiny.

Some groups, residents question Ohio permitting


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