The Ohio Oil and Gas Association supports Senate Bill 315, Ohio's new rules on drilling.
Here is the statement of Thomas E. Stewart, executive vice president of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association:
"After great debate and compromise, the Ohio General Assembly passed Senate Bill 315 yesterday — a vote that will establish Ohio as the benchmark for oil-and-gas oversight in the nation.
"The association supports SB 315 as passed by the House, which builds upon previous legislative efforts — most notably SB 165 (128th General Assembly) — to further strengthen Ohio’s existing oil and gas laws and regulations. We believe that the legislation is balanced and will help provide the public with the information that they require, while protecting the competitiveness of the state’s oil and gas industry.
"Ohio is on the verge of an energy-driven economy fueled by oil and gas exploration and production in the Utica shale formation. SB 315 will play a key role in ensuring that oil and gas development is conducted responsibly and in the best interest of all Ohioans."
The association is a statewide trade group with more than 2,500 members involved in the exploration, production and development of crude oil and natural gas resources.
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