Ohio's high court recent ruling limits local power over gas drilling.

A study group reviewing a proposed tax hike on oil and gas drillers in Ohio has delivered its findings and recommendations on the issue.

The report Thursday suggests that Ohio officials consider a "trigger" or slow phase-in of any severance tax increase based on market conditions of the industry.

In its report to the 2020 Tax Policy Commission, the group says price and production should be among the factors weighed when determining the tax rate on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Ohio Supreme Court Rejects Fracking Foes' Ballot Protest

Sep 16, 2015

Residents in three Ohio counties where Secretary of State Jon Husted invalidated anti-fracking ballot issues have lost a lawsuit before the Ohio Supreme Court.
Justices said in a 6-1 decision Wednesday that Husted didn't have the discretion to assess the legality of "community rights charters" offered in Fulton, Medina and Athens counties, but he had another valid reason to toss the measures.

Woman spend up to $200 a year on taxes for feminine hygiene products.
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Republican Senators have made dozens of changes to the budget they unveiled last week, with a final vote by the full Senate likely Wednesday.

Senators eliminated language that would have banned using state money on any projects that require specific agreements negotiated with unions – that ban had angered Democrats. But state agencies would have to hold public hearings when so-called Project Labor Agreements are involved. 

Kasich Still Fighting To Get 'Fracking' Tax Approved This Year

Jun 2, 2015
Lawmakers scrapped Gov. Kasich's proposal that would have given schools less money.
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Senate leaders are talking about possibly creating a so-called "fracking" tax through this year’s budget plan. The fight over increasing the oil and natural gas tax has been a long battle on many fronts.

The Senate plans on releasing a revised budget any day now and it might include an increase to what’s known as the severance tax—this is a tax on the oil and gas extracted from Ohio’s shale. 

If that happens, it could be Gov. John Kasich’s closest shot at getting an increase to pass in three years.

Ohio Deep Injection Well Seeks To Reopen After Quakes

Mar 12, 2015

The operator of a northeast Ohio deep-injection well for drilling wastewater that's been shuttered since it was tied to seismic activity last year is fighting to get the facility reopened.

American Water Management Services asked the Oil and Gas Commission at a Wednesday hearing to lift a state chief's order that shut down the well at its Weathersfield site, near Warren, last fall.

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Ohio lawmakers are currently considering a measure that would fast track fracking on public lands. But there’s debate over whether it would allow drilling activity in state parks.

The bill would allow drillers who are working on private property that’s separated by state lands to drill through those lands. Republican Rep. Al Landis of Dover says the drilling would be thousands of feet underground, because a commission would have to allow drilling on the surface in state parks. 

The Ohio Supreme Court’s decision that local communities can’t use zoning ordinances to keep out oil and gas drillers has many speculating on what it might mean for the future.

The oil and gas industry says the decision shows local bans are largely pointless, because they conflict with the state’s permitting process. But Dick McGinn, who helped pass a ban in Athens, says bans are based on residents’ civil rights. 

“If we have to go to court on this, the industry and the state will have to argue that we have no rights,” he said.

Ohio's high court recent ruling limits local power over gas drilling.

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that cities can’t enforce local laws banning fracking if the state has issued a permit to a driller. 

Kasich Receives Mixed Reaction For Severance Tax Proposal

Feb 4, 2015
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House leaders are looking over Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposal which includes a big swing of the bat when it comes to a tax increase on oil and gas drilling. But the industry is ready to fight the plan.

Kasich is trying again to raise the so-called severance tax, this time proposing to move it to 6.5 percent, which he says would raise $325 million. 

Shawn Bennett with the Ohio Oil and Gas Association says the industry is already hurting because of a drop in prices. He claims a higher tax rate will further discourage investment. 

Fracking – Bridge To The Future Or To Nowhere?

Dec 18, 2014
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People are happy at the pump these days in Ohio.  Right now gasoline costs well below $3.00 per gallon. Heating with natural gas has gotten cheaper over the past few years.    Both of these trends have to do with fracking.  University of Dayton Professor Bob Brecha has some thoughts about the long-term costs and benefits of going after increasingly difficult fossil fuel deposits.