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Ohio Environmental Council, May 1, 2013
Submitted to the Ohio Senate General Government Finance Subcommittee, by Jack Shaner, Deputy Director, Ohio Environmental Council
Thank you for this opportunity to testify as an Interested Party on Substitute House Bill 59 (As Passed by the House), the biennial State Operating Budget.
Testimony Summary (for full testimony, scroll down for PDF)
1. Land & Water Conservation Funding
SUPPORT Executive and House – funding levels for:
SUPPORT House – funding levels for:
SUPPORT Executive and House – Healthy Lake Erie Fund
2. Clean Ohio Fund
SUPPORT House – for adding $26M in bond sales for Clean Ohio Fund
SUPPORT House – Legislative Study Committee on Clean Ohio + Brownfield Funding
OPPOSE House – Use of Revenues from Oil and Gas Drilling on State Park Lands for Clean Ohio Fund (DNRCD32)
3. Oil & Gas Regulatory Oversight
SUPPORT Executive – funding level for:
FY 2014: $21M (+102.4%)
FY 2015: $22M (+ 2.2%)
NOTE: The OEC respectfully asks the Senate to ask DNR to account for the GRF expenditures recommended for the Division and the flow of revenue from the existing Oil and Gas Severance Tax.
OPPOSE Executive – Disposal of Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material and Other Material from Horizontal Wells
SUPPORT Executive – Oil and Gas Well Plugging
SUPPORT Executive – Brine Disposal Requirements
SUPPORT Executive – Assignment and Transfer of Oil and Gas Leases
4. Coal Regulatory Oversight
OPPOSE Executive – Coal Mine Safety Program
Coal Regulatory Funding – The OEC respectfully opposes the Executive proposal (and House acceptance) to fund $2.5M in coal regulatory and mine safety operations with GRF funds and oil and gas severance tax revenues, rather than severance taxes and fees on the coal mining industry.
5. Environmental Protection
SUPPORT Executive – Solid Waste Transfer and Disposal Fees
SUPPORT Executive – Sale of Tires Fee
SUPPORT House – Funding for Converting School Buses to Alternative Fuels
SUPPORT Executive – Extension of Synthetic Minor Facility Emissions Fees, Water Pollution Control Fees, and Safe Drinking Water Fees
OPPOSE Executive – Administration of Federal Section 404 Permitting Program for Discharge of Dredged or Fill Material
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