Attorney General Mike DeWine is calling for tougher penalties on polluters in the burgeoning oil and gas industry and for more disclosure of chemicals used in the drilling process of hydraulic fracturing, known as “fracking.”
DeWine said yesterday that Ohio’s environmental fines should be raised to at least $10,000 a day — higher than the current maximum of $2,500 to $20,000 per incident, depending on the violation. Many states such as Pennsylvania and New York impose per-day civil penalties, DeWine said.
“Ohio’s clearly out of the mainstream in these penalties,” he told The Dispatch. “My recommendation to the General Assembly is that these laws be changed.”