Rob Nichols, press secretary for Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich, said an impact fee is under consideration for Ohio, but the state wants to make sure it moves forward cautiously.
“We need to consider such a law for Ohio,” said Nichols.
He said the laws governing the industry, such as the severance tax, were written long before anyone knew what was under the ground.
Nichols said the governor wants to find a way for all Ohioans to benefit from the shale, however, the governor is realistic and realizes there will be regulatory costs associated with the industry, and feels an impact fee could fund those needs.
“We have got to do this right. We take this very seriously,” said Nichols.