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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ohio Senator Wants to Come Down Harder on Fracking Waste Violators

From the Zanesville Times Recorder:
A state senator wants increased penalties and stiffer permit rules for improperly disposing of gas-drilling waste and toxic brine in Ohio. 
Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni's legislation would raise the state's penalties for knowingly disposing of oil and gas waste illegally to levels found in the federal Clean Water Act. 
The Boardman Democrat says violators could face a felony. They could be fined between $10,000 and $50,000, be imprisoned for three years, or face both penalties for their first offense. Potential fines and prison sentences increase for subsequent offenses.
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