The Ohio Oil and Gas Association is against a moratorium on drilling for natural gas in Ohio.
The statement from executive vice president Tom Stewart came in the wake of Gov. John Kasich's State of the State Address earlier this week.
"Despite calls by oil-and-gas opposition to place restrictions or a moratorium on oil and gas development, we believe, like the governor, that we shouldn't let our fears outweigh our potential.
"We're confident that the state is ready to embrace an energy-based economy, which will benefit all Ohioans from the creation of thousands of new jobs, low energy prices and an increase in tax revenue," Stewart said.
Ohio had the foresight to approve strong regulations two years ago in Senate Bill 165, he said. That created some of the "most stringent oil and gas laws and regulations in the U.S.," he said.
The association agrees with Kasich that a strong energy policy and industry are "vital to Ohio's economic resurgence," Stewart said.
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