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Ohio slips in oil-gas investment outlook, survey says

By Bob Downing Published: July 2, 2012

Ohio was No. 2 in oil-gas investment opportunities in a survey done last year by the Canada-based Fraser Institute.

It slipped to 14th this year due to tighter drilling rules and the likelihood of new severance taxes that are being pushed by Gov. John Kasich.

Ohio is ranked 14th in this year’s Global Petroelum Survey of 147 states and countries by the Fraser Institute, a free-market think tank in Calgary, Canada.

Here is what one of the survey respondents said about Ohio: “Increased (state and federal) regulations within the past year to year-and-a-half have made it much more difficult to do business in the oil and gas industry in our jurisdiction. In addition to these new regulations, Ohio’s governor is proposing a drastic increase in the severance tax rate (on oil and gas). The tax increase is based on an emerging Utica shale play that has yet to be proven economic.”

The survey says Ohio's proposed tax increase and new regulations make investment in Ohio “much less desirable” for investment.

The Fraser Institute said its survey shows Ohio and several other states that scored slightly worse in this year’s survey still are viewed as places with potential for oil and gas investment.

Only Utah, California, Alaska and New York received “would not pursue investment” responses.

Oklahoma led the global survey as the best place for oil and gas investments.

Outside the United States, only Manitoba, Canada, the Netherlands and Denmark were in the global top 10.




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