Elected Officials Ask Kasich For Local Control Over Fracking Activities

Jul 9, 2015

More than 100 elected officials in Ohio are asking Governor John Kasich to help restore more local control over fracking activities.

Joanna Richards of member station WCPN in Cleveland reports.

A state senator from Akron, and council members from Cuyahoga County and Cleveland, are among the many Northeast Ohio officials who signed onto the letter organized by the national advocacy group Environment America.  
 
But the letter lacked signatures from the state’s most heavily affected boom areas.  
 
Anti-fracking activists say the state isn’t doing enough to protect local health and welfare.  
 
James O’Reilly, a City Council member for the Cincinnati suburb Wyoming, says negative impacts of the gas boom, like pollution, will linger long after drillers have moved on.  
 
O’Reilly (0:08): What are we going to do to protect that legacy? We can’t do it now under the way the law is. We need that authority given back to us.  
 
A state Supreme Court ruling in February affirmed the state’s power to preempt local rules, contributing to the overturning of a fracking ban in Broadview Heights.  
 
Many state and industry officials say without uniform statewide rules, developers would be hampered by a maze of local regulations.  
 
A spokesman for the Governor says those who signed onto the letter should take their concerns to the state Legislature.