A dispute between the city of Munroe Falls and an oil and gas driller is headed to the Ohio Supreme Court.
The case of Munroe Falls and Ravenna-based Beck Energy Corp. centers on whether drillers need to obtain local permits and follow local laws. The state, rather than local governments, has had control over drilling regulation since 2004. But Mayor Frank Larson said that infringes upon home rule.
"It's worked for so many years," he said. "Why all of the sudden are we stripping away the city's rights?"
Larson knows the city cannot regulate drilling himself. But he believes the city can have control over some aspects of the drilling process, including the paving of roads to reach wells.
Beck got a state permit in 2011 and started drilling off Munroe Falls Avenue. But the city told them to stop and filed suit, saying Beck needed to file for city permits and post a bond. A Summit County Common Pleas Court judge sided with Munroe Falls, but an appeals court overturned that ruling.
A date has not yet been set for the Supreme Court to hear the case.