That's why the timing of projects such as the Rover pipeline and increased drilling exploration in the Wayne couldn't be worse, said Nathan Johnson, an attorney with the Ohio Environmental Council.
"These bats are really on their heels as it is," he said. "They're on the brink of extinction."
Johnson is a bat ally, and there are others at his side.
Johnson said of the bats: "They're our best friends when it comes to insect and mosquito control. Some species are excellent pollinators, too."