From the Associated Press:
COLUMBUS: Gov. John Kasich is working to line up support in Ohio’s drilling heartland for his proposed tax increase on oil and gas drillers by offering to send a quarter of proceeds back to Appalachia.
The Republican governor initially proposed raising oil and gas severance taxes to 4 percent to fund a statewide income-tax cut. Legislators, energy companies and economically challenged eastern Ohio counties balked, forcing the administration to regroup.
Republican state Rep. Ross McGregor likens the new proposal to earmarking a portion of Turnpike bond proceeds to northern Ohio. It raises the severance tax rate to 4.5 percent and sends 25 percent of revenues to 33 Appalachian counties. The rest would still go to statewide income-tax reductions.
Its leader says Ohio’s oil and gas association remains strenuously opposed.
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.