From the Associated Press:
A dairy farmer who wants to profit from the natural gas is asking the New York state's highest court to hear an appeal of lower court rulings that upheld local drilling bans.
Scott Kurkoski is challenging the town of Middlefield's drilling ban on behalf of dairy farmer Jennifer Huntington. Kurkoski says in his motion to the state Court of Appeals that if the town's ban is allowed to stand, it effectively authorizes every municipality in the state to ban oil and gas development.
Kurkoski notes that about 150 communities have already enacted bans or moratoriums on gas drilling.
A lawyer from Earthjustice is representing supporters of drilling bans in the towns of Middlefield and Dryden.
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.