With Stroke Of A Pen, Governor Redefines Natural Gas As Green Energy

MORAINE, OHIO - NOVEMBER 4:  Ohio Governor Mike DeWine speaks at a campaign stop at The Mandalay event center on November 4, 2022 in Moraine, Ohio. Vance will face Democratic nominee Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) in the midterm general election on November 8. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine signed legislation that broadly expands the ability to drill for oil and gas in state parks and also legally redefines natural gas as a source of “green energy.”
  • A 2011 state law gave state agencies the authority, if they choose, to lease out state lands for oil and gas exploration and production.
  • The bill signed by DeWine on Friday would change that language to say a state agency “shall” accept a lease that meets certain conditions, instead of saying it “may” do so. In other words, it forces an agency to grant the lease application from oil and gas drillers.

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