Hydraulic Fracturing

Bob, Lisa and Emma Parr on their wedding day on the 40 acres where Bob built a beautiful custom home.
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Jury awards $3 million in first fracking case

WISE COUNTY, TX — “Bob and Lisa Parr were neighbors to Tim and Christine Ruggiero in Wise County. I was there, in the Ruggiero kitchen, the day Lisa discovered that her timeline of doctor’s visits matched–exactly–Christine’s timeline of releases from the Aruba gas wells on her property. Like Tim and […]

Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, a shareholder-activist order of Catholic nuns.
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Nuns take on Chevron over fracking concerns

HOUSTON, TX — “An order of Catholic nuns and other shareholders are calling Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) and others to task for their potentially harmful use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and an alleged lack of transparency. The activist Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia have successfully forced a shareholders vote in […]

Salem prepares drilling measure
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Salem prepares drilling measure

SALEM — “An ordinance to create a monitoring program related to any drilling and disposal of oil and gas wastes in the city is being forwarded to city council. The Rules and Ordinance Committee chaired by Councilwoman Cyndi Baronzzi Dickey voted 3-0 Tuesday to recommend the proposed ordinance for council’s consideration, […]

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Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

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The U.S. EPA is the ultimate authority over injection wells in our country. They conduct an audit of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ injection well program every few years. Unfortunately, their most recent audits heap uncritical, praise on the ODNR’s injection well program, and show no initiative to actually […]

Figure 2 - Ohio’s injection wells – image credit: Fractracker.org
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Injection wells – What’s the problem?

What is brine, what is an injection well? Horizontal hydraulic fracturing, now being used in Ohio to extract oil and gas, is an invasive industrial process that fractures rocks deep underground. The oil and gas that comes up is millions of years old, and is thought to be the heated, […]

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Chesapeake Energy / Eramet / Hydraulic Fracturing

Shale pioneer Aubrey McClendon hires Chesapeake in Utica

NEW YORK, NY — “Aubrey McClendon, the pioneering shale wildcatter who helped usher in the U.S. energy renaissance, has hired the company that fired him to drill wells for his newest natural gas venture. A subsidiary of McClendon’s American Energy Partners LP is paying between $23,500 and $26,000 a day […]

Antero Resources to drill on more than 6,300 acres at Piedmont Lake
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Antero Resources to drill on more than 6,300 acres at Piedmont Lake

PIEDMONT — “For a lease worth $15,000 per acre – an amount more than twice the previously known high payment for Marcellus and Utica shale exploration in the Upper Ohio Valley – Antero Resources will drill on more than 6,300 acres at Piedmont Lake. During a Friday district board meeting, […]

Munroe Falls drilling case brings international interest
Eramet / Hydraulic Fracturing

Munroe Falls drilling case brings international interest

French official visits Munroe Falls on fact-finding mission about fracking MUNROE FALLS — “The city’s oil and natural gas drilling case that has gone before the Ohio Supreme Court has garnered some international attention. Mayor Frank Larson, City Council President Jim Iona and Community and Economic Development Coordinator Anne DiCola […]

ODNR has acknowledged a link between drilling-related activity and small earthquakes that occurred last month near Youngstown.
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

State plan for earthquake monitoring worries drilling industry

YOUNGSTOWN — “Late last week, ODNR  acknowledged a link between drilling-related activity and small earthquakes that occurred last month in Mahoning County, near Youngstown. ODNR is strengthening drilling permits in response, concluding there was ‘a probable connection to hydraulic fracturing near a previously unknown microfault.’ Previously, injection wells used to […]

Pa. DEP is ‘monitoring’ Ohio earthquake situation
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Pa. DEP is ‘monitoring’ Ohio earthquake situation

NEW CASTLE, PA — “Although Ohio recently changed its drilling permit rules over concerns hydraulic fracturing caused recent earthquake activity there, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is not planning on changing its rules at this time, according to the New Castle News. The DEP did not respond to a […]