The long legal fight between the city of Munroe Falls and a Ravenna Township-based drilling company has taken a new twist.
The city has filed a new lawsuit against Beck Energy Corp. and South Carolina-based Sonoco Products Co. for a proposed oil-and-gas well that the city says is illegal because of Munroe Falls zoning.
The well is planned on Sonoco property that is not zoned for wells and the driller has failed to seek a needed conditional zoning certificate from the city, the five-page suit says.
The city says it is confident that local zoning is an legal and appropriate means for a city to control drilling, based in part on what the Ohio Supreme Court said a year ago in a separate suit involving the city and Beck Energy.
In that decision, the court said Munroe Falls should have the authority to enforce reasonable zoning restrictions that apply to drilling, the new suit says.
Wells are permitted in two areas of Munroe Falls zoned for industrial use, the city says.Click here to read more.
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