OH governor says drilling, environment compatible


STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sihk) says Ohio doesn't need to choose between a developing shale energy industry and a clean environment.

In his State of the State address in Steubenville on Tuesday, Kasich told legislators he's committed to environmentally safe oil and natural gas development.

The governor says major drillers are responsible and he won't allow an irresponsible "yahoo'" to ruin the industry's reputation.

Kasich says the initial result from Ohio's growing shale development in eastern Ohio "looks pretty good."

The governor called on lawmakers to help make sure colleges and universities are preparing the skilled workers needed by the shale industry.

Several members of the public in the balcony jeered the governor's energy comments and were escorted out.