24 May '11, 5pm

Ohio GOP want to drill for oil in Lake Erie

Ohio GOP want to drill for oil in Lake Erie

The next target for the GOP’s “drill everywhere now” craze could very well be the Great Lakes. Earlier this month, both the U.S. House and Senate took up sweeping measures that would disregard lessons learned in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe and open up enormous areas of the country to offshore drilling. Following suit, the Ohio state legislature is voting this week on a bill that would make state-owned lands available to the highest-bidding oil and gas companies — an area that includes Lake Erie. In its original form, House Bill 133 included a provision stating the Ohio Department of Natural Resources may issue permits and leases for removal of stone, sand, and other minerals “other than oil or gas” from the lake bed. That key exemption was clandestinely removed last week. As several studies have concluded, the risks of oil and gas exploration in Lake Erie...

Full article: http://climateprogress.org/2011/05/24/ohio-gop-want-to-dr...

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