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Friday, March 03, 2006 

Ohio Parks to be exploited by oil, gas and logging companies

Legislation is being proposed to open Ohio's Public Lands and Lake Erie to the logging, gas and oil industries. This legislation is not only an enviromentally hazardous but poses risks to local economies that benefit from nature tourism (especially Lake Erie).

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Ohio's state parks have an economic impact of $1.1 billion statewide and provide over 7,500 jobs. Lake Erie tourism is a $7 billion business for our state, and provides over a quarter-millions jobs...

Less than 3% of Ohio's land is publicly-owned, yet oil and gas special interests are trying to convince our legislators to open these special places for their own profit. Industry representatives want the authority to lease places like the Shawnee State Forest, Mohican State Park, and Hocking Hills State Park. Whichever state park, forest, of nature preserve you and your family enjoy would be threatened with oil and gas drilling. Lake Erie, arguably our state's most important resource, would also be open for drilling.
My family and I use these parks all summer long and sometimes in the winter. I'd hate to see them uglied and endangered by industry. We should be focusing on alternative energies instead of destroying our enviroment. Contact your Representative to oppose this legislation.

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