Environmental Group Wants Drilling Documents

Associated Press

Updated Tue, Apr 10, 2012 7:46 am

An environmental organization is asking an Ohio judge to force the state Department of Natural Resources to disclose plans for oil and gas drilling at state parks and other public properties.

A lawsuit filed in Columbus by the Ohio chapter of the Sierra Club says the department has ignored requests for public documents related to the issue. A club manager says the first request was made in October, and a lawyer says additional requests were made in November and February.
A natural resources spokesman says that the agency is working to fill the requests and will make the information available.
A law enacted in September opens state properties to drilling. Officials have been tasked with developing terms for leases to drilling companies.