Ohio Supreme Court schedules oral arguments for Feb. 26 in a case challenging ODNR's sole and exclusive regulatory authority over oil and gas drilling

The Ohio Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on February 26, 2014, in a case involving a challenge to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' (ODNR) sole and exclusive regulatory authority over all of the oil and gas drilling in the state, The Stow Sentry reports (See our Sept 25, 2013, blog post for more information). In February, the Ninth District Court of Appeals (in State of Ohio ex rel. Jack Morrison, Jr. v. Beck Energy Corp.) concluded that the City of Munroe Falls' home rule ordinances attempting to regulate oil and gas well permitting could not be enforced because they conflicted with, and were preempted by, the ODNR's authority under Ohio Revised Code Chapter 1509. The Ohio Supreme Court agreed to hear the case back in June. For more about this case, read the full story, as well as this Bricker & Eckler bulletin.

Ohio, Oil & Gas Litigation