Ohio’s Oil and Gas Land Management Commission will hold its next meeting on Monday, September 18, 2023, at 10 a.m. to consider industry applications to frack several Ohio state parks and wildlife areas.
Volunteers with Save Ohio Parks will host a gathering at 9:30 a.m. with music by singer-songwriter Jenny Morgan who has created an original video for this campaign.
Any Ohio taxpayer who pays to support our state parks and public lands is encouraged to register to attend the rally and commission meeting at bit.ly/oglmc9-18. This page contains all event information, and regular updates will be send to those who register.
At the September 18 meeting, commissioners will discuss the fate of oil and gas industry applications, called “lease nominations,” to frack Salt Fork State Park, Valley Run Wildlife Area, Zepernick Wildlife Area, and several pieces of land managed by the Ohio Department of Transportation.
Commissioners have the authority to approve or deny these nominations, or they could delay a decision for another meeting to be held within 60 days.
Save Ohio Parks, an all volunteer group of Ohio citizens concerned about fracking in or near our state parks, wildlife areas, and other public lands, has been sending action alerts to its very engaged mailing list, asking people to send letters to the commission opposing fracking.
So far Save Ohio Parks has generated 1053 individual letters opposing fracking in Salt Fork State Park, 537 individual letters opposing fracking in Valley Run and Zepernick Wildlife Areas, and 190 general comments opposing all fracking on public lands.
The commenting period is still open for two additional nominations to frack Salt Fork State Park and one to frack Wolf Run State Park.
Save Ohio Parks urges the members of the Oil and Gas Land Management Commission to exercise their power to deny fracking in our most treasured state parks and public lands. The vast majority of comments submitted to the commission oppose fracking on public land.