From Vorys legal counsel with offices in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Akron:
The Ohio Attorney General recently issued an opinion concluding that a board of county commissioners has the authority to sell water to oil and gas operators. See OAG Opinion 2013-019.
The Attorney General went on to conclude, however, that a county does not have the authority to enter into multi-year contracts with private entities to act as a "broker" for the county’s water supplies.
The case came from Harrison County, one of the busiest drilling counties in Ohio's Utica shale.
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.