Infrastructure & Environment

Ohio Legislature OKs Wrong Natural-Gas Language

As a result, almost everyone agrees that the plan that sits on the governor’s desk is too broad in what it allows and will require a legislative fix in the next few months.
July 2, 2013

Consumer advocates and businesses are fuming over a provision tucked into the new state budget bill that would allow natural-gas utilities to charge customers for a potentially wide array of environmental cleanup expenses.

Republican legislators inserted the plan following a push from Duke Energy and Columbia Gas of Ohio. It is now part of the budget bill awaiting Gov. John Kasich’s signature.

Lawmakers sought to ease concerns by agreeing to a series of changes to the proposal. But a miscommunication with Statehouse staff members means that the revised version is not the one that passed.

As a result, almost everyone agrees that the plan that sits on the governor’s desk is too broad in what it allows and will require a legislative fix in the next few months.

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