Supreme Court decision may not close door on local input on oil and gas drilling

The Ohio Supreme Court’s recent ruling in State of Ohio ex rel. Jack Morrison, Jr. v. Beck Energy Corp. may not have fully answered the question of whether the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will always make the final call on oil and natural gas drilling in local communities, reports Columbus Business First. In a 4-3 decision on February 17, the Supreme Court affirmed the sole and exclusive authority of ODNR to regulate oil and gas production in Ohio, albeit in a limited context. Business First says that concurring Justice Terrence O'Donnell limited his argument to the local ordinances involved in the dispute, noting that whether a city has the authority to enact zoning rules on oil and gas wells within its boundaries is "a question yet to be decided."  For more, read the full story. Bricker & Eckler’s analysis of the Supreme Court ruling can be found here.

Ohio, Oil & Gas Litigation