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Ohio Utica Shale

ODNR, Sierra Club settle records lawsuit

By Bob Downing Published: September 7, 2012

From the Associated Press via the Columbus Dispatch:

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has paid nearly $9,000 to an environmental group to settle a public-records lawsuit.

The Columbus Dispatch ( ) reports today that the state paid the Ohio Sierra Club a $1,000 settlement plus nearly $8,000 in expenses to end the case.

The Sierra Club had sued the state in April, claiming that officials had ignored records requests for months. The group wanted to see all documents and emails related to the agency’s plan to open state parks and forests to shale drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

The documents and emails were released in four batches over two months. They showed that officials had considered keeping drilling rigs farther from campgrounds and other attractions than a proposed 300 feet.

Both sides said they were satisfied with the settlement.



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