North Royalton, Broadview Heights, Gates Mills react to Ohio Supreme Court ruling in favor of oil and gas drillers

NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio — Tuesday’s Ohio Supreme Court ruling that state law trumps local oil and gas well regulations won’t end the battle against drilling in residential neighborhoods.

That’s what Mayor Robert Stefanik said Tuesday after the court’s 4-3 vote, which he said left hope for home-rule advocates.

“Three justices feel there should be more input and oversight by the cities,” said Stefanik, who strongly opposes residential drilling.

The Supreme Court case involved the city of Munroe Falls, which in 2011 sued Beck Energy Corp., a Ravenna driller. The city had tried to enforce its drilling regulations with Beck, but the firm said it only had to follow state rules.

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Read the OHCRN statement about the Munroe falls decision