Four people are dead in two separate accidents in Central Ohio. In Pataskala, investigators say a head-on collision on East Broad took three lives. One vehicle crossed the center line. Early this morning, the driver of a pick-up truck was killed when he slammed into a tree in a residential area south of Route 104 [...]
Ohio University Wants Say On Gas Leases On School Land
Trustees at Ohio University have passed a resolution giving the school’s president the authority to enter into mineral rights leases on university-owned land, pending final approval from the board.
The Athens Messenger reports the move came Friday after trustees heard from an OU committee studying the best ways to safeguard university land from any negative impacts associated with hydraulic fracturing.
A new state law has overhauled the process for leasing state-owned land for oil and gas development. It opens up all state land, including property at public colleges, for potential drilling.
A university official says the board of trustees should have the power to veto any mineral rights leases the state enters into regarding university-owned land, but she didn’t know if the state could override those vetoes.