The Columbus Dispatch reports that the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled a state commission that hears oil and gas complaints can’t consider drilling permits that the state gives to companies that use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking,
The Dispatch said, "The high court’s 5-2 ruling declares that the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission lacked the authority to consider a Columbiana County cattle farm’s challenge of a drilling permit that state officials had awarded to Chesapeake Energy.
"The decision also helps end a months-long legal dispute between the five-member commission, oil and gas companies and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. State lawmakers got involved, too, passing a law in September that declared drilling permits off-limits.
"Sam Johnson, president of the Summitcrest cattle farm, questioned the commission’s value if it can’t hear permit challenges. 'What use is the oil and gas commission if they don’t have any authority to do anything?' Johnson said."
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.