Oklahoma Pre-Empts Fracking Bans

The use of state legislatures to prevent local governments from acting in the interests of their residents proceeds apace. First Texas, and now neighboring Oklahoma have passed state laws that preempt local ordinances that ban hydraulic fracturing. In Oklahoma’s case, the law restricts local regulation of nuisances caused by oil and gas activity to a standard of “reasonableness.” Here, “reasonable” can be translated to “see you in court.”



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