Ohio General Assembly
House of RepresentativesColumbus
For Immediate Release: Contact:
Chris VenturaSeptember 13, 2013 (614) 466-4895
Rep. Dovilla Commends Director Zehringer on Commitment toTransparency
ODNR Initiates Review of Division of Oil and Natural Gas Resources Internal Protocols
State Representative Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) today commented on a letterfrom Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Jim Zehringer, which addressedconcerns expressed by Rep. Dovilla regarding the notice of public meetings by the Oil & GasTechnical Advisory Council (TAC).Last month, Rep. Dovilla wrote to Zehringer expressing concern about the no-noticecancellation of a meeting of the TAC, which North Royalton municipal officials had drivento Columbus to attend. The meeting had been scheduled for the city to present its positionon a mandatory pooling application by Cutter Oil Company.
“I commend Director Zehringer on his commitment to ensuring the Ohio Department of
Natural Resources maintains the highest standards of accountability and transparency
expected by Ohioans,” said Dovilla. “I am pleased the Director has initiated a thorough
review of the internal protocols, and I look forward to learning how he will establishimproved procedures for public notice. With respect to the specific matter beingconsidered by the Technical Advisory Council, the people of North Royalton deserve a fairhearing on mandatory pooling. I will continue to work with Mayor Stefanik and CouncilPresident Antoskiewicz to ensure state law is being followed on both the process and
substance of this issue, which is of great importance to our community’s residents.”
Editor’s Note: Copies of Representative Dovilla’s letter to Director Zehringer and the director’s
response are attached.