On April 17, 2013, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management Chief, Rick Simmers, testified before the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources that the regulation of oil and gas exploration is best at the state level: “Ohio’s regulatory program is effective, our people on the ground are knowledgeable and dedicated, and we are committed to continuous improvement. That’s why, based on nearly 30 years of experience with regulators at the federal, state and local level, I unequivocally believe the regulation of an industry like oil and gas exploration should be administered at the most effective, efficient and economical level, which based on our regulations and highly trained staff, would be at the state level.”

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