Akron is urging the state to return the authority to regulate oil and gas wells to cities.
City council passed a resolution Monday asking that the state allow large cities to address safety concerns posed by oil and gas wells and to regulate the location and method of extraction of oil and gas. The resolution said “the recent change in drilling technology know as ‘fracking’ has caused concerns to public safety in heavily populated urban areas.”
Councilman Jeff Fusco said cities had this power prior to 2004 when both municipalities and the state regulated oil and gas wells. He said cities were able to address concerns like noise, safety and buffering. The state then assumed control, leaving cities with no say in the location of wells.
Fusco said this represents an “erosion of home rule.”
Council unanimously adopted the resolution.