Gas and oil development could blossom in eastern Ohio, but Ohio legislators need to be careful as they pursue stricter regulations, said Terry Fleming, executive director of the Ohio Petroleum Council.
In a two-page cautionary statement released on Thursday, Fleming said, "It is critical that we continue to work together to boost Ohio's economy and enhance our nation's energy security and do so in a safe, thoughtful and agile regulatory environment and that state officials base rule-making and enforcement actions on sound scientific principles."
Ohio has many rules already in place and additional restrictions could hurt the industry and dampen the drilling boom in Ohio, he warned.
His statement came after Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine called for tougher rules on drilling.
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
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Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.