Court upholds Ohio’s power to regulate oil and gas drilling

Power Source By Julie Carr Smyth COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Certain local zoning laws aimed at limiting fracking can’t be used to circumvent the state’s authority over oil and gas drilling, a fiercely divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. In a 4-3 decision with three written dissents, the high court said that the home rule […]

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Disagreement On Legal Authority Complicates Local Fracking Bans

Power Source By Daniel Moore Last week in eastern Ohio, where natural gas production in the Utica Shale has been booming, voters in three towns rejected ballot proposals to ban hydraulic fracturing. While Athens overwhelmingly passed a fracking ban, Gates Mills, Kent and Youngstown voted down their measures. The ballot issues highlight the disparity in responses […]

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Upper Burrell residents take sides on drilling

By Liz Hayes Upper Burrell residents Monday told supervisors they’re worried how the board might change the township’s regulations regarding where Marcellus shale natural gas drilling can occur. But they don’t all fear the same thing. Many worry supervisors will further restrict where drilling can occur, preventing residents from leasing their land to drillers. Others […]

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Energy industry, Texas sue Denton over fracking ban

by Max B. Baker Less than 24 hours after Denton voters approved a ban on hydraulic fracturing, the Texas Oil and Gas Association and the state’s General Land Office filed lawsuits to stop the city’s effort to prohibit the controversial drilling method. Both the association and the land office acted shortly after the courthouse doors […]

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Denton fracking ban quickly draws two lawsuits after passing

by James Osborne and Marissa Barnett A day after voters decided to make Denton the first city in Texas to ban hydraulic fracturing, the reaction by the energy industry and government was swift. By 9:09 a.m. Wednesday, both the Texas Oil and Gas Association and the Texas General Land Office had filed lawsuits to prevent […]

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Second lawsuit filed to halt drilling in state parks and forests

By Katie Colaneri and Susan Phillips An environmental group has filed a lawsuit challenging the Corbett administration’s plan to lease more state park and forest land for oil and gas development. The Corbett Administration lifted a moratorium on new leases in state parks and forests with an executive order last May to help plug a budget gap. The […]

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Court To Hear Shale Gas Challenge

Powersource  By Laura Legere Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court will hear arguments Wednesday in a legal battle over whether the state violated its duty to conserve public natural resources by leasing state forests for shale gas development and using the bonanza to balance budgets. The case will determine if Gov. Tom Corbett and the General Assembly can […]

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