While townships and counties are preempted by state law on many aspects of oil and gas development, including hydraulic fracturing, they can focus on some ancillary activities of the practice and enforce police powers to give local residents some say.
In March, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder plans to make a major statewide energy policy announcement, and advocates are concerned it will be overly focused on natural gas.
Michigan officials on Tuesday announced a proposed accord among multiple electric entities and private businesses to solve what some fear could turn into an energy crisis in the Upper Peninsula.
The Ohio Senate began hearings this week on a bill that could let oil and gas companies skirt current laws dealing with disclosure of chemical hazards to local communities.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is siding with two oil and gas companies in a court case challenging a Cleveland suburb’s ban on oil and gas drilling within city limits.
A looming power plant closure on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is putting local officials on an accelerated timescale for determining the region’s energy future.
Backers of the oil and gas industry says a new job survey makes the case for why Illinois should be doing more to expand drilling, particularly fracking, in the state.
A lawsuit filed by an Ohio company last month seeks to remove two anti-fracking billboards near a wastewater site it operates.
Environmental groups say proposed changes to how Michigan issues drilling permits and discloses information to the public don’t go far enough and favor industry interests.
Ohio has become a top destination for wastewater from fracking in other states — creating economic opportunities and raising serious concerns.