Government and Gas Industry Team Up Against Local Fracking Ban Initiatives in Ohio


Y SIMON DAVIS-COHEN – SEPTEMBER 21, 2015


State officials hire industry-affiliated law firms to defend their efforts to block ballot measures.


Last week the Supreme Court of Ohio upheld the Ohio Secretary of State’s decision to remove from this November’s ballot, measures by Medina, Fulton, and Athens  counties that would have banned hydraulic fracturing and related infrastructure projects. However, in a separate ruling, the court allowed the city of Youngstown to proceed with an anti-fracking charter amendment and ordered it be placed on the November 3 ballot.


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