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GAS DRILLING-LOCAL LAWS
Potentially landmark Ohio gas drilling case pits local sovereignty against state regulations
Reported by: Associated Press
Sunday, December 1, 2013 1:45 PM EST
A closely watched lawsuit in Ohio is asking a question that's burning in cities and towns throughout shale country: Should state law trump local regulations when it comes to drilling?
Similar legal clashes are playing out across the U.S., but Ohio's is the first to reach a state's highest court and could be precedent-setting.
The case has implications for the spread of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. It centers on a traditional well, but the centralized oil and gas regulation that's in question regulates both kinds.