Title

Ohio cities may have a new way to control oil and gas drilling within their borders

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-11-2015

Publication Title

Crain's Cleveland Business

Keywords

oil and gas law, zoning

Abstract

It’s old news that the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission revoked Cutter Oil’s Ohio Department of Natural Resources-issued mandatory pooling order in December 2014. The new news is that on August 27, the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas upheld the commission’s decision to void the order.

The order, had it stood, would have allowed Cutter Oil to include portions of North Royalton city streets in a drilling unit, despite North Royalton’s objections on grounds that Cutter Oil has a poor safety record with its existing wells in North Royalton.

On March 23, the chief of ODNR’s Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management — the agency that issued the order — appealed the commission’s decision to void it to the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. ODNR wanted the court to overturn the commission’s decision and reinstate the mandatory pooling order.

By upholding the commission’s voiding of the order, the Franklin County court has given hope to local jurisdictions that would like a voice in drilling decisions that effect health, safety and welfare within their borders — things traditionally subject to Ohio’s Home Rule controls.

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