Ohio’s top oil and natural gas trade groups are not on the same page on legislation to change the state’s severance tax – at least not yet.
Ohio Petroleum Council Executive DirectorChris Zeigler told me Wednesday his group was not part of the discussions that led to Ohio House Republicans introducing House Bill 375 a week ago. Instead, the council, a division of the American Petroleum Institute, learned of the bill’s provisions only when it was rolled out by its sponsors, including House Speaker Bill Batchelder, R-Medina.
That’s in contrast to the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, which had input in the drafting of the legislation and endorsed H.B. 375 on the day it was introduced.