While not new to the industry as a whole, the WSJ is reporting on recent attempts to enact local bans on oil and gas development in Pennsylvania:  "Challengers to natural gas drilling are taking a new approach in Pennsylvania, putting the rights of energy companies to drill in the massive Marcellus Shale basin on the ballot in what are believed to be the nation's first voter initiatives seeking to ban such activity."

Fortunately, Ohio law largely preempts these initiatives.

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