Drilling Rules Clear Senate, Still Criticized By Environmentalists

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One of the may natural gas drilling wells that have sprung up around the Midwest and Great Lakes regions in recent years.(Photo: Arimoore (Flickr))
One of the may natural gas drilling wells that have sprung up around the Midwest and Great Lakes regions in recent years.(Photo: Arimoore (Flickr))

The Ohio Senate has passed a bill laying out new regulations for horizontal shale drilling that lawmakers say set up some of the nation’s toughest standards for public reporting and chemical disclosure.

Republican state Sen. Bill Seitz cast his yes vote after reciting the lyrics of the 1960s sitcom “The Beverly Hillbillies,” saying shale gas drilling will turn poor Ohioans into “modern-day Jed Clampetts.”

Supporters say it balances the environment and commerce by expanding reporting.

Critics say the proposal is meaningless because it would only require annual reporting and would not require companies to disclose what chemicals they use to fracture shale rock to free trapped oil and natural gas.

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Comments
  • Loislane

    wouldn’t the new fracking rule issued by the Obama administration overule?
    see:
    http;//www.nytimes.com/2012/05/05/us/new-fracking-rule-is-issued-by-obama-administration.html?