Ohio Legislators To Vote On New Drilling Rules

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Rules regulating oil and gas well construction, water handling, and chemical disclosure are ready to clear their final legislative hurdles and head to Gov. John Kasich.

The Ohio House was scheduled to vote Thursday on the new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing in the Utica and Marcellus shale formations running under sections of the state. They are part of a wide-ranging energy bill that also addresses Ohio's clean energy standard and makes dozens of other changes.

Barring floor changes to the bill, the Ohio Senate was prepared to concur on House changes later in the day. Their approval would send the bill to Kasich, who is expected to sign it.

Environmentalists oppose a House change that limits who can sue energy companies for chemical trade secrets.