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Ohio Creates Hotline For Oil/Gas Emergencies

Ohio is rolling out a new response system in the case of oil and gas drilling emergencies. Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order creating a 24/7 emergency hotline for oil and gas companies.

Calling the number is a one-stop-shop that will connect the drilling operation with state services including the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Fire Marshal.

ODNR’s Steve Irwin says this takes the guess work out of who should be called first.

“When minutes matter, a common sense phone call of one call, that makes all the difference,” said Irwin.

Advocates with the Ohio Environmental Council say they’re encouraged and believe a quicker response protects the public and the environment.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.