Bill of rights would give Mansfield city council regulatory authority over injection wells

The city law director for Mansfield presented a "bill of rights" proposal to the Mansfield Charter Review Commission last week that would make it "unlawful for any person, corporation or government entity to inject, deposit, store or transport waste water or other types of waste from natural gas drilling in shale formations through the city without legislative approval," the Mansfield News Journal reports. Although Preferred Fluids Management already obtained permits from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to construct two injection wells within Mansfield, this new proposal would require the city council's consent before "any license or permit issued by any state or federal agency, commission or board" is considered valid, the article said. For more, read the full story here.