From a press release today:
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE UPDATES PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION STANDARDS
Document Provides Guidance on Best Practices to Limit Impacts on Agricultural Productivity
REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (Jan. 28, 2016) - The Ohio Department of Agriculture’s (ODA) Division of Soil and Water Conservation has updated the Ohio Pipeline Standard and Construction Specifications document, which will allow progress while providing guidance to protect the state's resources and top industry.
As part of its duties ODA has the responsibility to recommend soil and water conservation practices and work with other agencies to protect the agricultural status of rural lands adjacent to pipeline projects. The Ohio Pipeline Standard and Construction Specifications were originally developed in 1998 by the Division of Soil and Water Conservation and the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts to mitigate impacts by a proposed intrastate pipeline.
Primary changes to the document include:
The addition of silvicultural best management practices, when clearing brush and trees in the right-of-way; and
Updates to the methods of repairing damaged subsurface drains
This document is a recommendation of what is considered best practice for the protection of Ohio’s soil and water resources during pipeline installation. The standards in this document apply only to pipeline construction activities on agricultural land and are intended to supplement the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission upland erosion control, revegetation and maintenance plan. Practices outlined in the specifications are not to be considered mandatory requirements unless cited by other laws, rules, or legal agreements. Users are encouraged to use them as guidance for development of plans.
To view the standards visit the Division of Soil and Water Conservation website. Those with questions on pipeline construction on agricultural land in Ohio should contact the division at (614)265-6610.
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