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Fracking waste stirs controversy in Athens
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Fracking waste stirs controversy in Athens

TORCH — “Athens County, known for its progressive politics and college-town vibe, took the third-highest amount of fracking wastewater in the state last year. A new injection well, approved last month by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, could boost Athens to the top in wastewater injections. That’s a dubious […]

ODNR orders Kleese to shut down 5 injection wells
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ODNR orders Kleese to shut down 5 injection wells

VIENNA — “The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has ordered five injection wells operated by Kleese Development Associates, Warren, to cease operations after it found the company is responsible for contamination of a nearby pond and wetland. ODNR oil and gas chief Richard Simmers issued the order April 3, one […]

State agencies to pay for Vienna residents’ water testing after oil spill
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State agencies to pay for Vienna residents’ water testing after oil spill

VIENNA TOWNSHIP — “Residents in Vienna who live along Sodom Hutchings Road witnessed a leakage of approximately 2,000 gallons of light waste that left fish, turtles, and wildlife dead. The clean-up and containment of the oil byproduct spill has homeowners concerned about their drinking water, which many say comes from […]

Earthworks releases report highlighting Ohio’s fracking waste disposal problems
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Earthworks releases report highlighting Ohio’s fracking waste disposal problems

WASHINGTON, DC — Environmental group Earthworks released a report on the fracking waste disposal process in four states, including Ohio today. “WASTING AWAY: Four states’ failure to manage gas and oil field waste from the Marcellus and Utica Shale” highlights the standard practices and regulatory gaps for fracking waste disposal […]

EPA: Nearly 700 chemicals used in fracking
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

EPA: Nearly 700 chemicals used in fracking

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Environment Protection Agency on Friday released a new analysis that concludes almost 700 chemical additives are used in hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas. Ninety-eight percent of the fluid injected into wells is water mixed with sand, which is used to keep fractures open so […]

Bakken oil trains roll across Columbus
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Bakken oil trains roll across Columbus

COLUMBUS — “Almost 1.4 million Ohioans live within a half-mile of railroad lines where some of the most-volatile crude oil in North America rolls by each week, a Dispatch analysis has found. Those people, about 12 percent of the state’s population, are at risk of being forced from their homes […]

Firefighters from around Ohio fight a derrick fire during a training session at Wayne County Fire and Rescue Training Facility in 2008. (AP Photo/Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal)
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Fracking-friendly bills back before Ohio lawmakers

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s oil and gas industry and environmental groups are satisfied with a compromise reached this week on one bill before the state legislature, but both camps remain divided on controversial community right-to-know provisions in another pending bill. Gov. John Kasich’s House budget bill, House Bill 64, would exempt […]

Republicans change their minds about pushing fracking in state parks
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Republicans change their minds about pushing fracking in state parks

COLUMBUS — “A push to allow fracking under state parks, opposed by Gov. John Kasich, died in a legislative committee today. Republicans who control the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee changed their minds on whether include the public lands in a bill designed to speed up the permitting process […]

Charred trucks and equipment at the scene of the June 28 chemical fire at the StatOil North America well pad. Adam Cairns, Columbus Dispatch
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Some fighting state proposal on disclosure of fracking chemicals

COLUMBUS — “Eric Heis, a Department of Natural Resources spokesman, said the department will do that. Heis said more chemical information would be reported, and that chemical information would be available more quickly, if this language passes. ‘We’re pushing for more disclosure,’ Heis said. “We want to make it better, […]

The Oil and Gas Commission listened to testimony from a company representative, seismologist, petroleum engineer and the head of the ODNR's Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management during a hearing that lasted more than eight hours Wednesday.
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Company asks panel for permission to resume fracking operations at Trumbull County site

COLUMBUS — “American Water Management Services Inc. asked a state panel Wednesday to allow it to resume operations at a Trumbull County injection well, following seismic activity near the site last year. The state ordered the company to cease operations at the Weathersfield Township site after two minor quakes in […]