Fracking regulations await Ohio governor's signature - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Fracking regulations await Ohio governor's signature

Updated:

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Rules regulating oil and gas well construction, water handling, and chemical disclosure in the fracking process are on their way to the governor's desk for John Kasich's signature.

The Ohio House passed the energy bill early Thursday evening in a vote of 73 to 19.

Representative Sean O'Brien from Brookfield says, "I support this bill because it's a start in the right way."

O'Brien's Democratic colleagues, Ron Gerberry and Tom Letson, voted in favor of the legislation. Bob Hagan voted against. His attempt to add an amendment that would guarantee Ohioans would get 60% of the jobs was tabled.

"Drive down to Carroll County. Drive down to any of the roadways where they're into that drilling. Drive into the hotels and motels and look at the license plates. I did. Oklahoma, Texas, not to many Ohioans," Hagan said.

In a concurrence vote, the state Senate approved the House's amendments to the bill in a vote of 21 to 8.

Senators Capri Cafaro and Joe Schiavoni voted against the legislation. Schiavoni also had an amendment that was tabled.

"There was nothing in the bill about the public's ability to give feedback in the permit process. So I tried to amend the bill to have a 30 day comment period just so that the public knows where these wells are going to go and when they're going to go in," Schiavoni said.

Schiavoni also said the bill was stripped of its original language pertaining to injection wells. That a portion of their revenue would go toward geological research on seismic activity.

While the bill makes strides toward companies having to disclose what chemicals are in fracking fluid, environmentalists say it limits who can sue energy companies for chemical trade secrets.

  • Ohio/PennsylvaniaMore>>

  • Pittsburgh kindergartener found with handgun on school bus

    Pittsburgh kindergartener found with handgun on school bus

    Tuesday, February 19 2019 9:17 PM EST2019-02-20 02:17:12 GMT
    School officials in Pittsburgh say a kindergartener was found with a handgun on a school bus.      Pittsburgh Public Schools spokeswoman Ebony Pugh says the gun was found in the student's backpack Monday after school was dismissed. The student attends the Pittsburgh Faison K-5 school.      Pugh says another student alerted the bus driver to the weapon, and the gun was removed without incident. She says parents were notified via the district's phone system...More >>
    School officials in Pittsburgh say a kindergartener was found with a handgun on a school bus.      Pittsburgh Public Schools spokeswoman Ebony Pugh says the gun was found in the student's backpack Monday after school was dismissed. The student attends the Pittsburgh Faison K-5 school.      Pugh says another student alerted the bus driver to the weapon, and the gun was removed without incident. She says parents were notified via the district's phone system...More >>
  • Gov. DeWine says announcement coming on proposed gas tax increase

    Gov. DeWine says announcement coming on proposed gas tax increase

    Tuesday, February 19 2019 7:31 PM EST2019-02-20 00:31:13 GMT

    Gov. Mike DeWine says he'll announce on Thursday his proposed recommendation for increasing the state's gas tax to deal with a chronic shortfall in spending on road construction.      DeWine, a Republican, says there are no other solutions outside a gas tax increase, while warning that any increase simply keeps Ohio from falling behind.      He wouldn't provide details or say what the proposed increase will be. He spoke at an annual forum sponsored by The...

    More >>

    Gov. Mike DeWine says he'll announce on Thursday his proposed recommendation for increasing the state's gas tax to deal with a chronic shortfall in spending on road construction.      DeWine, a Republican, says there are no other solutions outside a gas tax increase, while warning that any increase simply keeps Ohio from falling behind.      He wouldn't provide details or say what the proposed increase will be. He spoke at an annual forum sponsored by The...

    More >>
  • Senator agrees to pay $20K to settle Facebook blocking suit

    Senator agrees to pay $20K to settle Facebook blocking suit

    Tuesday, February 19 2019 12:32 PM EST2019-02-19 17:32:07 GMT

    A state senator from Ohio has agreed to pay $20,000 to settle a lawsuit after a constituent was blocked on his official Facebook page.

    More >>

    A state senator from Ohio has agreed to pay $20,000 to settle a lawsuit after a constituent was blocked on his official Facebook page.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2019 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms