A Guernsey County couple who sued to try to stop gas drilling around a Seneca Lake won an early victory in court. A Judge ruled that the couple has legal standing to move forward with a lawsuit that seeks to stop hydraulic fracturing – know as fracking – around and beneath the lake. The Columbus Dispatch reports that Leatra Harper and Steven Janstro sued in October after the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District approved a 40.3 million dollar lease with a Colorado-based drilling company for underground mineral rights to 6,400 acres. The decision allows the lawsuit to proceed against the District, The Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the drilling company, Antero Resources. The site is located in Guernsey and Noble Counties.