An update on lawmaker action and other activities at the Ohio Statehouse related to horizontal hydraulic fracturing:
• New Study: A report by ICT International and EnSys Energy and touted by the American Petroleum Institute projected that Ohio could add nearly 16,000 jobs and $2.68 billion to the state economy by 2020 “if restrictions on U.S. crude exports were lifted.”
“Restrictions on exports only limit our potential as a global energy superpower,” Chris Zeigler, API-Ohio’s executive director, said in a released statement. “Additional exports could prompt higher production, generate savings for consumers and bring more jobs to Ohio. The economic benefits are well-established, and policymakers are right to re-examine 1970s-era trade restrictions that no longer make sense.”
• State Land Frack Plan: A Democratic state lawmaker reiterated his calls for an investigation of Gov. John Kasich’s administration after public records revealed meetings to develop a marketing plan for horizontal drilling on state-owned lands continued after officials said they had abandoned the idea.
State Rep. Robert Hagan of Youngstown, D-58th, was among individuals and groups named in administration documents listing fracking “opposition groups.”• Not Enough: Policy Matters Ohio, a liberal think tank, released a report showing that a plan to reform the state’s tax rates on horizontal drilling would reduce related collections by millions of dollars.HB 375 passed the Ohio House but was not moved in the Senate before lawmakers broke for their summer recess. The Kasich administration and Republican lawmakers who support the legislation remain at odds over severance-tax issues.
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