Cracks emerge in GOP over hydraulic fracturing

DINA CAPPIELLO JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press Published:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- When it comes to the controversial gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, the Republican Party itself appears fractured -- especially in the critical swing state of Ohio.

Super Tuesday voters are choosing among a field of GOP contenders who all support less regulation of the drilling technique. Yet some Republicans in Ohio are calling for greater oversight and new taxes on companies using it to harvest natural gas.

Ohio's Republican governor, John Kasich, plans to introduce a new energy policy next week that would place a new tax on hydraulic fracturing to reduce personal income taxes for the state's residents.

Many Republicans in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail oppose any new taxes or the elimination of tax breaks for oil and gas companies.