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Ohio Supreme Court: Fracking Bans Violate State Constitution

Mealey's (June 18, 2015, 8:42 AM EDT) -- COLUMBUS, Ohio — A divided Ohio Supreme Court on Feb. 17 ruled 4-3 that local ordinances regulating the practice of hydraulic fracturing for the extraction of oil and gas violate the Ohio Constitution (State ex rel. Morrison v. Beck Energy Corp., No. 2015-Ohio-485, Ohio Sup.).

(Opinion available. Document #94-150310-003Z.)


In 2011, Beck Energy Corp. obtained a permit to drill hydraulic fracturing wells for the extraction of oil and gas within the corporate limits of the City of Munroe Falls, Ohio.

Soon after Beck began drilling,...
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