The Ohio Supreme Court rules that regulating oil and gas drilling is up to the state, not local authorities
In a 4-3 decision with three written dissents, the Ohio Supreme Court has decided that certain local zoning laws aimed at limiting hydraulic fracturing cannot be used to circumvent state’s authority over oil and gas drilling. The court said that the home rule clause of Ohio’s constitution does not allow a municipality to block drilling activities otherwise permitted by the state.

A 2004 law gave “sole and exclusive authority” to the s...

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