Tuesday, February 26, 2013
City wants control over placement of oil and gas wells within city limits
Members of Stow City Council continued their push for control over oil and gas drilling Monday by acting on proposed legislation that would urge the state to give local communities authority over the industry. Council's public improvements committee voted to put the resolution on Thursday night's regular council agenda for a vote. The legislation reads, in part, that the city is "requesting that Gov. John Kasich and the Ohio state legislature move swiftly to return reasonable and necessary local control to municipalities pertaining to the placement of oil and gas urban drilling." Specifically, the resolution seeks to give local officials authority to determine placement of oil and gas wells within city limits. Councilman John Pribonic said…
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
State official says locals control ability to permit, deny hydraulic fracturing on university land
Here's some good news for neighbors and environmentalists — Kent State University officials say there are no plans for hydraulic fracturing at the Kent State Airport or other university owned land. The question of whether or not fracking for oil and gas wells can or should be allowed on university land — essentially public property — is one that's been raised multiple times, particularly in neighboring Kent, as area residents and communities seek to prevent harmful side effects sometimes associated with the drilling practice. For now, it's an issue Stow residents living near the 300-acre airport don't have to worry about. "Unless otherwise determined by the state, the university's current administration has no plans to initiate drilling on…
State official says university has control over fracking at airport. Patch wants to know what you think.
For now it looks like officials at Kent State University, and not state administrators in Columbus, have authority to permit or deny drilling for gas and oil on university land such as the Kent State Airport. And university officials are saying there are no immediate plans for hydraulic fracturing wells on the airport's 291 acres. Click here to see what university and state officials are saying about authority over fracking on public university property. We want to know what you think. The controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil from underground shale formations has been connected to negative environmental effects in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Take our poll below. Do you think Kent State should permit fracking on airport land?