From the ShaleOhio blog of Bricker & Eeckler:
Through the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), the state of Colorado is now party to two cases against hydraulic fracturing restrictions enacted by Colorado cities, Denver Business Journal reports.
In one suit, a Boulder County District Court judge recently allowed the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA) to include the commission in its lawsuit against Loveland. That case, filed in December 2012, takes aim at the city's "voter-approved ban on the use of hydraulic fracturing" within the city.
In the second suit, filed in July 2012, state officials said that Longmont's "City Council approved set of oil and gas regulations that barred drilling in residential neighborhoods" usurps the state's authority over oil and gas drilling operations, the article said.
Recently, an Ohio appellate court confronted similar issues, holding that Ohio’s oil and gas drilling statutes trump local “home rule” power. The case has been appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court..
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.
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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.
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Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.