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Sierra Club Sues for Information on Drilling in State Parks

An environmental advocacy group is suing the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, demanding that the agency show plans outlining oil and gas drilling in state parks.

The Sierra Club said that Natural Resources officials have ignored public-records requests for documents about drilling in state parks and other public lands.

The group made its first request in October. The Dispatch filed a similar request on March 19.

The suit, filed with the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, seeks a court order to release the records.

State parks and public lands were opened to drilling under a state law enacted September 30. The law creates an Oil and Gas Leasing Commission, which will select state properties and lease the mineral rights to the highest-bidding drilling company.

Leasing commissioners have not been appointed, and the rules the commission will work under won’t be enacted until June 30 at the earliest.

Via The Columbus Dispatch.

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