Ohio Gov Kasich About to Lose Power to Stop Drilling on State Land

Thumbing their collective noses at Ohio RINO Gov. John Kasich, in May Republican legislators in the House added a “little-noticed provision” in the state budget deal that will give the legislature, and not the governor, the power to select members of the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission (see Ohio Legislators Push to Allow Fracking in State Parks, Forests). That small change would have huge consequences. How? the Oil and Gas Commission is charged with approving potential drillers on state land. Five years ago, Kasich flip-flopped on the issue and since then has not allowed shale drilling in state-owned forests and state-owned parks–by refusing to add any new members to the Commission, which is his state constitutional duty. It is a de facto moratorium from the governor that prevents fracking on state-owned land. Enough is enough. Republicans intend to change it this year, so they added the change to the state budget bill. Kasich vetoed the measure, and the House, last week, voted to override the veto. The only thing left now is for the Senate to adopt the budget and when that happens, the fat lady will be singing–an aria for Utica Shale drilling…

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