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Kasich: No Fracking in State Parks for Now

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Gov. John Kasich says there should be no question about his position on fracking in state parks, though he’s been supportive of the drilling industry. But Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler says it’s a little fuzzier whether he knew that the agency that oversees both fracking and state parks was considering a plan to promote fracking on those state lands.

Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Kasich says for now, there will be no fracking in state parks – and it’s a stance he says he’s held for a while, even though he signed legislation that would have allowed it.

“They’re special places," Kasich said. "If you’re going to do it, you got to make sure you do it and it’s environmentally safe...There’s just no reason to go hurrying into anything – plain and simple. I’ve never even given it a second thought as to what we should do there.”

When asked if he knew about the plan by the Department of Natural Resources to promote fracking in state parks – a plan that included lists of potential allies and enemies – Kasich said this.

“I’m the decision maker," he said. "And the decision is that we’re not doing it.”

And Kasich was both firm and vague about the future of fracking on state lands, saying that he sees no reason to move forward on it now, but that he can’t say that it will never happen.

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