Oil, Gas Case Heading to Ohio’s Top Court Will Spotlight Local Control

Youngstown–

The state’s highest court will soon hear a case that for the first time challenges a controversial law Ohio legislators passed in 2004 giving the Ohio Department of Natural Resources sole authority to permit and regulate oil and gas drilling.

The pre-emptive state law — passed with House Bill 278 — almost entirely limits both local government’s authority and ability to restrict oil and gas drilling. Only within the last three years have opponents stepped up their attack on the law as drilling has increased dramatically in the state with the arrival of horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

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