Ohio state Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-Boardman, has introduced legislation to improve safety in gas and oil drilling.
Senate Bill 378 doubles the minimum distance between a well or storage tank and an occupied dwelling or house.
The current minimum distance is 150 feet,
Schiavoni's porposal would double that to 300 feet.
The bill would also expand safeguards for storage tanks including new safety equipment.
The new safety requirements proposed by Schiavoni are currently only required on tanks in urban areas.
His bill would make that equipment required on tanks across Ohio.
"It is critical that our state takes proactive measures regarding the saefty of homeowners," he said in a statement.
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