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OEC's Fracking Mega Bill Webinar


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Contending that Ohioans are not adequately protected from the risks of horizontal, hydrological fracturing - or "fracking" - for oil and gas, the Ohio Environmental Council is proposing a sweeping upgrade to state oil and gas laws. The proposed bill, called SAFER GAS (Safeguarding Appalachian Families with Environmental Regulation of Gas And Shale), shores up more than 30 gaps in Ohio law.

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OEC's Fracking Mega Bill Webinar

  1. 1. Tackling Fracking: OEC’s ―SAFER GAS Act‖ September 9, 2013 Thank you for joining us. We will begin in a moment. Please check your speakers/phone connection. If you experience any problems, please let us know by typing in the chat box. Follow the OEC on Twitter: @OhioEnviro. The hashtag for this webinar is #OECwebinar
  2. 2. Trent Dougherty, Esq. Managing Director of Legal Affairs Tackling Fracking: OEC’s ―SAFER GAS Act‖
  3. 3. Ohio Environmental Council The OEC is the Ohio’s most comprehensive, effective and respected environmental advocate for a healthier, more sustainable Ohio. Our experts work daily to restore, protect, and strengthen the quality of life for families and communities—from the air we breathe and the water we drink to the food we eat and natural resources we enjoy. Please join us! OEC members:  Receive great benefits  Become part of the community working to restore, protect, and strengthen the quality of life for families and communities in Ohio. Join us today at
  4. 4. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION  Require Ohio EPA to establish air emission controls on all phases of production  Require Methane Capture  Oversight of Fracking wastewater "Centralized Treatment Facilities―  Definition of Radioactive Material  Designation of Lands Unsuitable for Drilling
  5. 5. ENFORCEMENT & TRANSPARENCY  Impose “Scarlet Letter Law” on flagrant, repeat, and criminal offenders  Increase penalties to exceed economic benefit of violation  Broaden Emergency Response Reporting  Increased Inspectors and Inspections  Increase public notification & provide more public participation in permitting & right to appeal
  6. 6. INDUSTRY & GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY  Modernize Ohio’s Oil & Gas Severance Tax  Revise composition of the Oil and Gas Commission  Citizen Initiated Rulemaking  Providing tools to State Emergency Personnel  Broaden Emergency Response Reporting
  7. 7. PROPERTY OWNER PROTECTION  Registration and oversight of landmen  Revised Statute of Limitations for lease disputes  Modern lease requirements with proper notifications  Right for lessors to audit driller’s records
  8. 8. Everyone has a stake in proper regulation The OEC invites suggestions from:  the public  landowners  lawmakers,  regulators  even the oil and gas industry
  9. 9. Q & A - Feedback Upcoming Events & Webinars September 26 10th Anniversary Celebration of our Law Center 5 – 7 p.m., Columbus October 2 & 9 – Building a Better Board (2-part) October 16 – Advocacy 101