OH Gov Kasich Finally Caves, Will Allow Drilling Under State Lands

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (RINO) promised, five years ago, to allow shale drilling on state-owned forests and parks. He promptly then reneged on his promise. The way Kasich blocked drilling was to refuse adding new members to the Oil and Gas Commission, charged with approving potential drillers on state land. Kasich created a de facto moratorium that prevents fracking on state-owned land. In May of this year, Republican legislators, tired of Kasich’s recalcitrance, 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). Kasich vetoed the measure but legislators overrode the veto. As we reported in July, Kasich was on the verge of losing his power to block state land drilling (see Ohio Gov Kasich About to Lose Power to Stop Drilling on State Land). Faced with humiliating defeat, Kasich decided to act and is now reportedly “working hard” to get the appointments made…

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