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Testimony: Oil & Gas Drilling in State Parks

Ohio Environmental Council, June 4, 2011

The OEC strongly opposes House Bill 133 (As Passed by the House).

We simply believe that oil and gas extraction is unfit, unsafe, unsightly, unnecessary, and unwanted on Ohio’s state parks and other state lands with significant ecological, natural, scenic, recreational, geological, or archeological features.

We do acknowledge and appreciate the fact that the House added several amendments to the original bill, including an important floor amendment to expressly protect State Nature Preserves from oil and gas development.

We remain opposed, however, for two basic reasons:

  • The bill opens State Parks to oil and gas development.
  • The bill continues to advantage private interests to the disadvantage of the public interest.

Click below to read OEC’s full testimony.