Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Ohio oil and gas official gets conflict warning

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio Ethics Commission warned a member of the state’s oil and gas commission on Monday that his consulting work with energy companies and landowners could present a conflict of interest.

Besides being a professor of petroleum engineering at Marietta College, Commissioner Robert Chase operates a private consulting firm, Chaseland LLC, that links individual landowners and landowner associations with energy companies seeking drilling leases.

The firm has dealt with some of the biggest players in the state’s developing shale drilling industry, including Chesapeake Energy, Anadarko, Marathon, Exxon and Chevron, according to information he submitted to the ethics panel.

In its advisory opinion, the Ethics Commission said state ethics law prohibits Chase from participating in any commission decision involving a group he’s negotiated with or a company that’s paid him for his services.

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— Spencer Hunt, Columbus Dispatch