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The Ohio House of Representatives has passed a bill that would allow operators to include land owned by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), such as roads and highways, in their drilling units. After clearing the state House Agriculture and Natural Resources committee (see Shale Daily,Nov. 17), the full House approved the bill by a vote of 71-18. If it clears the state Senate, it would allow operators to lease ODOT land, making it easier to put together drilling units where such property has been a hurdle. The bill was a sweeping piece of legislation that dealt with everything from agriculture and natural resources, to toxic algae and telecommunications. By the time it passed, more than 100 amendments had been considered.

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