ODNR releases proposed drilling leases for state parks

In response to a lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club's Ohio chapter, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources released an 89-page list of "best management practices" to be followed when negotiating leases for state park land with oil and gas drilling companies, The Columbus Dispatch reports (See the Apr 09, 2012, blog – "Ohio Sierra Club sues to see public park drilling plans"). Rules include that drillers are not allowed to "come within 300 feet of camping areas, fire towers, sites of 'historic or archaeological value' or 'high quality' streams and lakes"; and the state must approve the location of all drilling, processing and pipeline equipment, as well as whether drilling and waste fluids may be stored in pits, the article said. For more, read the full story here.