The business dealings of a member of an Ohio commission that handles complaints involving oil and gas drilling has spurred complaints from environmental advocates and a state ethics inquiry, reports Spencer Hunt of the Columbus Dispatch.
Robert Chase, head of Marietta College's Department of Petroleum Engineering and Geology, represents the public on the five-member commission.
He also works as a consultant for Ohio landowner groups negotiating leases and he gets a percentage of what the companies pay landowners.
Linda Osterman, director of the Oil and Gas Commission, has asked the Ohio Ethics Commission to investigate Chase's business activities and whether they create a conflict of interest.
Chase defended his actions.
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