An underground natural gas liquids (NGL) storage project in Ohio — seen as key to the Appalachian Basin’s petrochemical buildout — has hit another snag as its backers have withdrawn their permits in the face of a lawsuit from environmental groups. 

Natural Gas Infrastructure

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) last week cancelled three permits to drill salt solution mining wells in Monroe County just days after Energy Storage Ventures LLC (ESV) affiliate Powhatan Salt Co. made the request, said agency spokesman Adam Schroeder. The project is still moving ahead with new permit applications for the agency and the public to review. 

The move comes after a lawsuit was filed last month against ODNR by several environmental groups, including the Sierra Club and the Freshwater Accountability...