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An explosion at an oil well near Bolivar, Ohio, in 2012 killed a worker, hurled a tank more than 250 feet and alarmed neighbors. Photo by Brandie Hanley.
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SAFETY: The drilling industry’s explosion problem

WASHINGTON, DC — “The oil and gas industry has more deaths from fires and explosions than any other private industry, according to an EnergyWire review of federal labor statistics. It employs less than 1 percent of the U.S. workforce, but in the past five years it has had more than […]

Study links hundreds of Ohio quakes to fracking
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Study links hundreds of Ohio quakes to fracking

COLUMBUS — “A new study suggests fracking triggered hundreds of small, unnoticeable earthquakes in eastern Ohio late last year, months before the state first linked seismic activity to the much-debated oil-and-gas extraction technique. Rowena Lohman, an assistant professor of geophysics at Cornell University who was not involved in the study, said […]

Kathryn King (with her turkey Kojak) raises rare heritage turkeys, which retain historic characteristics that are no longer present in the majority of the birds raised today, at her 3-acre property in rural Loudon Township in southern Carroll County.
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Researchers find chemicals in the air in rural Carroll County

CARROLL COUNTY — “According to researchers, the air-sampling material used can collect thousands of different chemicals, including semivolatile organic compounds that can have an impact on human health. The chemicals include polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which may be related to drilling activities. PAHs are a group of more than 100 chemicals […]

Certified organic farmer Mick Luber of Bluebird Farm in Cadiz, Ohio, says he's concerned about what possible contamination from nearby fracking operations could mean for the future of his business. Photo: Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Assn. -
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Does fracking threaten future of Ohio organic farms?

COLUMBUS — “Certified organic farming is a growing business in Ohio, but some farmers warn that the threat of contamination from hydraulic fracturing could dampen its future. Some of the chemicals used in fracking have been identified as naturally-occurring toxic substances, metals, and radioactive materials.In eastern Ohio, Mick Luber is a […]

Firefighters at risk when drilling goes wrong
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Firefighters at risk when drilling goes wrong

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Charred trucks and equipment at the scene of the June 28 chemical fire at the StatOil North America well pad. Adam Cairns, Columbus Dispatch
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Advocacy group pushes Ohio officials for more disclosure of fracking chemicals

COLUMBUS — “An environmental and consumer advocacy group wants lawmakers and Gov. John Kasich to change state law to require more disclosure of chemicals used in horizontal hydraulic fracturing. The Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund cited a well fire in Monroe County earlier this year as evidence for increased disclosure, […]

The Eisenbarth well fire: Ohio fails in a fracking emergency
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The Eisenbarth well fire: Ohio fails in a fracking emergency

CLEVELAND — “Danger lurks throughout the fracking process, specifically danger of chemical exposure. Current laws and enforcement fail to prepare first responders for emergency situations where human life and environmental damage depends on responders’ knowledge of what they’re dealing with. The U.S. EPA, Ohio EPA, and Ohio Department of Natural […]

an oil truck burns after fumes from an oil heater ignited at a well off State Route 61 southeast of Cardington Friday.
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Friday truck fire at oil well injures one

MT GILEAD — “A truck fire at an oil well off State Route 61 south of Mt. Gilead injured the truck’s driver and completely destroyed the vehicle Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. A call went out about 12:20 p.m. for an oil truck fire on a Lincoln Twp. property belonging to […]

Skull and cross bones signs quickly went up to protest an open-air oil and gas waste disposal facility planned by Pyote Reclamation Systems on the outskirts of Nordheim, Texas. Such signs voicing the discontent of the community now pepper the landscape in around the town. Credit: David Hasemyer
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Open pits offer cheap disposal for fracking sludge, but health worries mount

NORDHEIM, TX — “School Superintendent Kevin Wilson tugged at his oversized belt buckle and gestured toward a field less than a mile from Nordheim School, where 180 children attend kindergarten through 12th grade. A commercial waste facility that will receive millions of barrels of toxic sludge from oil and gas […]

EVACUATION: Police, fire crews, HAZMAT at Stark Co. Campgrounds for gas and oil leak
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EVACUATION: Police, fire crews, HAZMAT at Stark Co. Campgrounds for gas and oil leak

BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP — “Fire is a major concern as crews try to repair a natural gas and oil leak at Springwood Lake Campgrounds south of Canton on Thursday. Firefighters will be on hand in case anything happens. Two East Sparta Fire Department tankers and one from Canton Township joined officials from Stark […]