Republicans change their minds about pushing fracking in state parks

By Darrel Rowland   The Columbus Dispatch  •  Tuesday March 17, 2015

Ohio’s state parks are safe from fracking after a legislative panel pulled the controversial provision on Tuesday.

Almost as significant: The rare defeat of the oil and gas industry came after genuine cooperation between Democrats and Republicans in the Ohio General Assembly.

“It’s a big win for the people of the state of Ohio,” said Rep. David Leland, D-Columbus.

The measure is set for a vote by the full House on Wednesday, where approval is expected.

But the whole thing almost didn’t happen.

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