COLUMBUS – Today, State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) released the following statement opposing current language in Ohio’s state budget bill – Substitute House Bill 49 – that would allow oil and gas drilling in local parks and other public lands.
“Ohio families spend time together in our beautiful parks every day. We need to preserve these areas for future generations to enjoy. There are plenty of other places available for drilling that will not take valuable green space away from our citizens.
“Republican legislators have been trying to drill in our parks for years. They always meet strong opposition, because it’s pretty easy to see this idea is wrong for Ohio. The Ohio Senate Democrats have offered several amendments to this year’s budget to remove this troubling language and preserve our natural resources for centuries to come.”