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Meyers Lakes bans gas-oil drilling, leasing

By Bob Downing Published: May 17, 2012

Meyers Lake Village Council on Monday banned gas-oil drilling in the Stark County community of 570 people.

The ban was ununimously adopted, reported the Canton Repository.

The measure was adopted as an emergency so it would go into effect immediately.

The ordinance bans horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing or fracking and even bars residents from signing gas-oil leases.

There is some question how valid many of the provisions might be.

The non-profit Meyers Lake Preserve that owns the lake in 2011 leased the rights under the 144-acre lake to Chesapeake Energy Copr. No wells have been drilled.

Under the lease terms, a well would not be on the lake but the land under the lake could be drilled.

Most of the lake is in the village. It is surrounded by Plain and Canton townships.

We blogged last March on the preserve's ldease.

 

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