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Ohio House approves drilling in state parks

COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio House of Representatives passed a bill that would open state forests, parks and wildlife areas to oil and gas drilling.

The Republican-led chamber cleared the bill 54-41 on Thursday. It creates a new commission to oversee oil and gas leases on state lands.

Amendments that would have limited or banned drilling in parks were rejected.

Leases could generate nine million dollars for Ohio. That money would be re-invested in parks.

The bill now moves onto the Senate.

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