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Ohio Considers Drilling Rules Opponents Say Favor Frackers

The Ohio House is preparing to vote on rules for natural-gas drillers that Republican Governor John Kasich calls among the nation’s toughest, even as environmentalists say they let companies decide which industrial chemicals stay secret.

The House Public Utilities Committee plans to vote today on a bill Kasich sought governing hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, said Representative Peter Stautberg, the Republican chairman of the committee. The measure, which could get a full House vote tomorrow, would require disclosure of chemicals, water sampling before drilling and tracking wastewater into disposal wells. The Senate passed the bill May 15.