Drilling for natural gas and oil in state parks may benefit Ohio's budget

TOLEDO, Ohio - Ohio's governor wants to open up state parks to drilling fornatural gas and oil, hoping the state can tap into lucrative shaledeposits underneath the eastern half of Ohio.

It's a move that state leaders believe will bring jobs andmoney to Ohio. But there are worries about whether the processharms drinking water and the environment.

The proposal is part of Gov. John Kasich's budget planreleased this week. It would have to be approved by theLegislature.

Ohio's Natural Resources director says he expects that anymoney from drilling would go toward maintenance and other projectsat Ohio's state parks.

He says it's too early to know where the drilling could takeplace and how much money it could bring to the state.


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