Drilling laws ‘not adequate’
January 27, 2012
Attorney General Mike DeWine thinks Ohio’s natural-gas and oil drilling
are “not adequate” compared with other states.
Gov. [John] Kasich has made the point very correctly that fracking can
good for our economy,” DeWine told The Vindicator on Tuesday. “We want
encourage growth and jobs, but at the same time, we have to assure the
that the protections are in place.”
through investigation and research, he has come to three conclusions
Ohio’s laws: The state is not stringent enough on penalizing
attorney general’s office has no jurisdiction to help landowners who
been swindled by landmen, and there is a need for stronger chemical
is a problem later on health officials and first responders need to
understanding what is in there,” he said. “It just makes common sense.”
a process in which water, chemicals and sand are blasted into rocks
of feet below the ground to unlock natural gas and oil.
law, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Mineral
Management can request specific chemical information for a Material
Sheet, used by geologists and emergency responders if an incident
disclosure DeWine said, should be more easily accessible to residents.
www.fracfocus.org, a chemical disclosure registry, has MSDS forms for
anti-fracking advocates, however, don’t feel that publicly posting
chemicals is a strong enough enforcement.
think that knowing what is going to harm us is going to be sufficient,”
Vanessa Pesec, president of the Network for Oil and Gas Accountability
Protection. “It’s rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.”
event of chemical spills or other violations, DeWine says the state
of proper punishments.
are set per violation,” he said. “Most state’s violations are set per
violation, which makes a big, big difference.”
said the Consumer Sales Practices Act does not does not cover those
selling their interests, making it difficult to protect those who feel
have been “duped” into a subpar mineral rights sale.
investigated a notebook found by Southwest Ohio residents detailing how
can deceive landowners into signing leases.
to comment on whether he’s discussed these proposals with legislators
Kasich’s office, but said that he can only suggest the changes.
that’s up to the governor and the general assembly,” DeWine said. “I
these changes need to be made in our law for us to be adequately
citizens of our state.”
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