ATHENS, Ohio -- 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.
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