Dan Gearino and Spencer Hunt
A state commission that hears oil and gas complaints canít consider drilling permits that the state gives to ďfrackingĒ companies, the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled.
The high courtís 5-2 ruling declares that the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission lacked the authority to consider a Columbiana County cattle farmís 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.
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