A bill qualifying natural gas as green energy and allowing state agencies to lease land to develop oil and gas has passed the Ohio legislature and was awaiting a signature from Republican Gov. Mike DeWine. 

Under current Ohio law, state agencies are not automatically required to lease land for oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) activities. 

Ohio Oil and Gas Association President Rob Brundrett told NGI that “Ohio’s had the law on the books that you’re able to lease state lands for over a decade, and one of the things that was supposed to happen during this time period was the Oil and Gas Land Management Commission was to provide a rule framework for that to happen.”

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