The Youngstown Vindicator is just one such example calling for our legislation to be “fast-tracked.”


One month ago today in this space, we argued that a spill of at least 2,000 mucky gallons of light waste oil from an underground storage tank at a Vienna Township injection well exposed troubling gaps in Ohio law governing some segments of today’s oil- and gas-drilling industry…

Fortunately, a trio of state representatives from Trumbull and Ashtabula counties – Sean O’Brien of Bazetta, D-63rd, John Patterson of Jefferson, D-99th, and Michael O’Brien of Warren, D-64th – are leading the charge to implement taut regulatory reforms to firmly close the gap exposed in Vienna as well as fill a slew of other similar holes in state drilling law. Their legislation would wisely add multiple layers of stronger transparency, responsibility and accountability for those who operate injection wells and drilling-waste disposal enterprises in the state.

Read more from The Vindicator here.

Support for HB 422 continues to mount