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Plan to discredit anti-drilling groups comes to light

Associated Press • Feb 15, 2014 at 7:20 PM

A strategic plan drafted by Ohio regulators last year would have discredited environmental groups and state lawmakers opposed to drilling in state parks and forests with help from energy company Halliburton, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and an industry association.

The plan, contained in a document released to The Associated Press, anticipated the “eco-left” would try to slant news coverage, incite public panic over health risks and physically halt drilling.

An Ohio Department of Natural Resources spokesman said Friday the agency never followed through on the strategy.

The plan would have enlisted “allied groups” that included Halliburton, state, national and local chambers, and the Ohio Oil and Gas Association to combat efforts by environmentalists and Democratic state lawmakers.

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