Lawmakers Scrap Plan To Allow Fracking In State Parks

Mar 18, 2015

Plans to allow fracking in Ohio state parks appear to be dead for now after lawmakers removed the provision from a bill making its way through the state legislature.

Democratic State Representative David Leland says he is pleased that lawmakers have struck out part of a bill being considered by the Ohio House that would allow fracking in state parks – though backers said it would have been thousands of feet underground.

“When you have a 12-0 vote in a committee made up of both Democrats and Republicans who oppose fracking in state parks, which is what this vote demonstrates, I think it’s a pretty strong message to the legislature and the people of the state of Ohio,” Leland says.

“And it’s a bipartisan message, which I think makes it even stronger.”

The House hasn’t passed the bill, but it is expected to take it up on the floor this week.