Ohio University trustees battle state for control over oil and gas leases

In response to a recent state law that overhauled the oil and gas leasing process and opened property at public colleges for drilling, the board of trustees at Ohio University passed a resolution last Friday giving themselves "final say on mineral-rights leasing" of university property, The Columbus Dispatch reports. The university's associate director of legal affairs said that while she thinks the board should have the power to veto any leases of the university's property brought forth by the state, she is unsure whether the state has the authority to override those vetoes, the article said.