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Ohio Utica Shale

Petroleum Council warns against new taxes, fees

By Bob Downing Published: January 19, 2012

The Ohio Petroleum Council today urged state policy makers to proceed with “cautious deliberation” in raising taxes or imposing higher fees on natural gas-oil drillers.

“Any increase in taxes on the industry could slow job growth in Ohio,” said Terry Fleming, executive director of the Columbus-based Ohio Petroleum Council.

“Many energy companies are spending millions upfront to invest in oil and gas exploration of the Utica shale development,” he said in a statement. “Companies in this industry depend on some operational certainty and exploration and production in Ohio could be delayed as a result of any new fees.”

According to one Ohio study, increased gas and oil exploration in Ohio will provide $479 million in taxes (state, local, property) by 2015 without raising taxes or fees, he said.

That is a significant increase from the nearly $33 million paid by the industry in Ohio in 2010.

On impact fees, the industry has a “substantial track record of voluntarily repairing and making substantial improvements to local roadways,” he said.

The industry, Stewart said, supports what he called “appropriate levels of taxes and regulations.”

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