An Ohio appellate court has issued a decision that limits a municipalities’ power to enact ordinances that conflict with the state’s oil and gas regulatory program contained in Revised Code Chapter 1509. In State ex rel. Morrison v. Beck Energy Corp., the Ninth District Court of Appeals held that state oil and gas statutes pre-empted several local ordinances attempting to regulate hydraulic fracturing. In 2011, Beck Energy obtained a permit from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to drill an oil and gas well on property located within the City of Munroe Falls but did not obtain drilling, zoning and construction permits required by city ordinances. When Beck began drilling, the city issued a stop work order and filed a lawsuit. The City claimed that Beck violated 11 local ordinances and failed to obtain mandatory permits from the City. The Summit County Court of Common Pleas agreed with the City, issuing an order ceasing Beck’s operations on the property until Beck complied with all of the city ordinances. Beck appealed the order.