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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures as she gives a speech: "Frontlines and Frontiers: Making Human Rights a Human Reality," Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland. (AP Photo/Kevin Lamarque, Pool)
Opponents of the oil and gas industry in Ohio recently have suffered stinging defeats in the courts. In Medina County, landowners seeking to block the Nexus Pipeline lost a fight to keep surveyors off their property. Meanwhile, charter government initiatives in Meigs, Portage and Athens counties aimed at stopping hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, were blocked from the November ballot.