NILES - In an attempt to stop deep well hydraulic fracturing within the city limits, council voted unanimously this evening to adopt a "community bill of rights."
This measure challenges the constitutionality of new shale gas and oil extraction in the city, officials said.
Law Director Terry Dull claims this kind of ordinance is a new tool available to cities and townships in the fight against deep well drilling.
In the past, local ordinances prohibiting fracking were believed to be superseded by permits issued by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Dull said.
"This is more of a constitutional argument they've come up with," Dull said of the ordinance. "If we have to go to court, this will be one more argument we can use."
According to city officials, the legislation needed to be enacted quickly due to a property along Main Street recently given a permit for deep well drilling. That property - located at 1818 N. Main St. - sits between Niles and Weathersfield.
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