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Judge Decides Against Munroe Falls in Drilling Case

The city has suffered a setback in its battle over local control of oil and natural gas drilling within its boundaries.

In a July 14 decision on a request for declaratory judgement the city filed in May, Summit County Common Pleas Judge Paul Gallagher said state law granting the authority for drilling to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources takes precedence over a city ordinance requiring that Beck Energy apply for a zoning certificate.

Meigs Elections Board Says Charter Petition Invalid

A home rule charter submitted for placement on the November ballot has been ruled invalid by the Meigs County Board of Elections. If the decision stands, it means the issue will not be on the ballot.

The 4-0 vote by the board was taken during a meeting Thursday afternoon.

Shell Cracker Plant Could Boost River Infrastructure

River industry officials hope Shell Chemical’s decision to build an ethane cracker plant on the Ohio River will provide enough of an incentive to get a long-delayed, $2.3 billion lock and dam project off the ground.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been considering modernizing Depression-era locks and dams on the Ohio River at Emsworth, Dashields and Montgomery since 2003. The Corps is expected to sign off on a study justifying the work this fall, which would be enough time to get Congress to authorize the project before the current session ends.