BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- By a 7-0 vote, the Bowling Green City Council on Monday night approved an ordinance that bans fracking and disposal of fracking waste fluids from the drilling for natural gas in the city limits.
Now the question becomes how strong the action would be if it is ever challenged in court.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources claims it maintains legal authority to issue all drilling permits throughout the state, even in cities that pass ordinances to ban the activity.
But Bowling Green City Attorney Michael Marsh, in a Sept. 4 letter to council members, said he wrote the ordinance to be a part of the northwestern Ohio city's criminal code, not its zoning code.
There are no immediate plans for fracking in Bowling Green and, according to a cross-section of geologists and industry lobbyists, the city is a long shot for such activity because its water table is too high and its geology isn't suitable.
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