Ohio justices hear local drilling rules dispute

JULIE CARR SMYTH | AP
Published: 02/27/2014

COLUMBUS — Ohio Supreme Court justices vigorously challenged attorneys on Wednesday over the power of state-level oil and gas drilling regulations to supersede local zoning laws.

One justice asked whether Ohio’s regulatory scheme violates communities’ constitutional home rule protections, while another said an inability for cities to challenge state-issued drilling permits gives Ohio’s natural resources director seemingly god-like sway.

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