ohio oil and gas association

A pump jack sits idle on a South Texas ranch near Bigfoot, Texas.
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An environmental group and an oil and gas industry lobbying group are both praising a bill that passed the Ohio House that would streamline the process of capping approximately 600 old, unused wells that don’t have owners. The groups also want more money put toward that process.

Construction of the Rover Pipeline in Shelby, Ohio.
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Activity in Ohio’s Utica Shale play has been slowly increasing in 2017 as long-term infrastructure projects, like pipelines and processing plants, have come online.

Fracking in State Parks

Jul 11, 2017
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Gov. John Kasich signed the new state budget into law, but with 47 line-item vetoes. The Ohio House of Representatives overturned 11 of those vetoes, including Kasich's veto on allowing the Ohio General Assembly to take over appointing members to the Ohio Oil and Gas Leasing Commission. This could lead the way to fracking, or the process of drilling to extract oil and gas from shale rock, in state parks and other public lands.

Today we look at the process and the impact of this decision. 

10:00... New proposals in state legislature allow drilling for oil and gas in Ohio's State Parks, but what about mineral rights? A discussion about who owns these rights, and may have access to these minerals within State Parks. 10:40... There is worry surrounding the more than $400 million in proposed cuts to Ohio nursing homes. Many wonder if these cuts will force nursing homes to reduce staff or possibly close. What is the future of elder care within Ohio now? Will the nursing homes survive, or will there need to be other options available? Guests: