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Public Comments and Objections
Ohio residents and users of Ohio's public lands will have a 21-day minimum period to submit objections or comments to the Leasing Commission, the agency that decides whether or not to allow drilling on individual plots of public land. 

Under the new state lands nomination process, university grounds, state parks, and state forests must be nominated to the Oil and Gas Leasing Commission for leasing approval.  The Leasing Commission must consider any "comments or objections to the nomination submitted to the commission by residents of this state or other users of the parcel of land."

Concerned citizens will need to ensure that the Leasing Commission hears a powerful and clear voice of opposition from the public.

CPOP will notify the public of any new nominations through prominently displayed notices on our website and through action alerts.

Talk to Friends, Family, Reporters, and Decision-Makers
Our collective voice grows more powerful as more people learn about the threats to our public lands and take a stance on the issues.  Getting residents aware and ready for potential nominations of their local parks and forests, and for proposed clearcutting in local parks, is a crucial part of laying the ground for any nomination or commercial logging fight.

Take a Hike!    
That's right.  Enjoy your parks and forests.  Encourage others to go.  Take pictures.  Enjoying and exploring your public lands only strengthens the stories that you have to tell to friends, reporters, politicians, and the Leasing Commission.  Send us your photos.  We want to share the beauty of Ohio's public lands on the web.  Send us the bad, too.  If you see industrial logging or poor management practices on your public lands, let us know and send us the pictures.  We will share with the public and with decision-makers.

Some Reasons Why Drilling in Parks is a BAD Idea

Only a small percentage of Ohio’s landscape is currently off limits to oil and gas drilling.

The majority of Ohio’s landscape is already open to drilling, including privately owned land, state forests and the Wayne National Forest (Ohio’s largest single public land mass).  Moreover, Ohio ranks 7th in the nation in population, but a mere 47th in public land available per capita.  We need to protect what little public natural resources we have left.

Drilling in public lands threatens tourism revenues for local and rural communities.

Tourism in parks and public lands generates significant revenue for local economies, but resource impacts continue long after active drilling ceases.  A report produced by Longwoods International shows that each tax dollar spent on encouraging Ohio tourism produces $12 in state and local tax revenues.  This revenue will be put at risk if park visitors perceive an interruption of the natural experience that they have come to expect at Ohio’s state parks.

Our state lands should be protected from pollution and other harm caused by drilling.

The natural gas industry currently enjoys unacceptable federal exemptions from key parts of the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, Toxic Release Inventory under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and other health and environmental regulations.  In recent years, drilling has caused explosions, fires, water contamination, and spills on private lands in Ohio.  What little public land we have should not be subject to these risks.

Drilling would disrupt valuable native ecosystems on state lands.

The presence of drill rigs, compressor stations, pipelines and roads would threaten the long-term sustainability of our fish, wildlife, and water resources.  The access roads, increased truck traffic, larger clearings, and wastewater pits needed to accommodate high volume hydraulic fracturing would have an even more significant impact on the landscape than traditional drilling.

The majority of Ohioans oppose drilling on our state lands.

A poll conducted by the Columbus Dispatch showed that more than 70% of readers participating in the survey oppose drilling for oil and gas in Ohio’s state parks.  Ohioans believe that these lands have been set aside as sanctuaries where families can go to enjoy our state’s natural treasures.