Athens County judge upholds rejection of oil and gas-related ballot issue

Athens County Common Pleas Court Judge George McCarthy has upheld the county elections board's rejection of an oil and natural gas-related charter initiative for the November 2017 ballot, reports the Athens News. The newspaper says Judge McCarthy ruled the charter proposal did not have the required number of signatures to be placed on the ballot, and also sided with the Athens County Board of Elections that a proposed executive council in the ballot initiative "does not meet Ohio Revised Code requirements for a county executive under an alternative form of government." The News says the charter issue, proposed by the Athens County Bill of Rights Committee, "doubles as an effort to keep oil and gas horizontal hydraulic fracturing out of Athens County." For more, read the full story.

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