Statement from the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund on the Ohio House’s Vote to Open up State Parks to Oil and Gas Development

“Today, the Ohio House voted to override the Governor’s veto on a provision of the State Budget that would allow for the fast tracking of oil and gas development in state parks and other public lands. Simply put, this unconscionable attempt to override this veto puts the business interests of oil and gas companies ahead of the well-being of all Ohioans. With one vote, our legislative leaders have diminished the quality of public lands that we all own, in exchange for a one-time check.

“We cherish our state parks and state lands as places to hike, hunt, fish, and enjoy with our families. The permanent scars that accompany oil and gas development simply do not belong in our parks. The Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund implores the State Senate to not pursue this same disastrous course of action.”