Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Drilling leases drafted for state parks

300-foot buffer set for campgrounds, lakes in parks

COLUMBUS — “Drilling companies that want to tap the oil and gas buried under Ohio’s state parks would have to sign a mineral-rights lease and stay at least 300 feet from campgrounds and other attractions, according to documents that state officials released yesterday.

The proposed leases and an 89-page list of ‘best management practices’ are the result of a Sept. 30 law that opened state parks and other state-held land for drilling.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources shared the records after the Sierra Club’s Ohio chapter sued the agency on Monday, demanding their release.”

— Spencer Hunt, Columbus Dispatch

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