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Northwest Ohio Community Passes Fracking Ban

The Bowling Green City Council unanimously passed an ordinance banning “fracking” and the disposal of waste fluids within the city limits. In an apparent move to side-step the authority of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which maintains authority to issue drilling permits throughout the state, Bowling Green’s ordinance is part of the city’s criminal code instead of its zoning code. It is unknown whether Bowling Green’s new ordinance will face a legal challenge because it is well outside of the established Utica shale play.