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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Activist Group Continuing Legal Fight in Broadview Heights

From the Associated Press:
A community activist group near Cleveland that opposes oil and gas wells in residential neighborhoods said it plans to appeal a judge's decision to dismiss its lawsuit against the state. 
Mothers Against Drilling in Our Neighborhood, which is based in Broadview Heights, claimed the city's Community Bill of Rights approved by voters in 2012 supersedes a state law permitting drilling. 
But Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Timothy McCormick dismissed the lawsuit this week, citing a February Ohio Supreme Court case that said municipalities' home rule does not overrule state law regulating oil and gas drilling. The court had given the Ohio Department of Natural Resources exclusive authorization to permit, locate and regulate wells in 2004.
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