The city filed a lawsuit against Beck seeking an injunction to prevent Beck from drilling in Akron and alleged that Beck illegally violated the prohibitive local ordinance. The trial court granted the injunction, but the court of appeals reversed. In a 4-3 decision, the Ohio Supreme Court affirmed the court of appeals decision, disagreed with the city, and ruled that the city cannot block hydraulic fracturing or drilling with such a local ordinance. According to the court, state law did not grant a city the power to discriminate against or unfairly impede oil and gas drilling activities that are expressly permitted by the state--only the state has the power to regulate the industry.
Text of case via Justia.
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