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Ohio Citizen Action to receive award from Alliance for Chemical Safety
Hydraulic Fracturing / Ohio Citizen Action / Right-to-Know

Ohio Citizen Action to receive award from Alliance for Chemical Safety

Risk Communication Award for group’s work on fracking chemical right-to-know CINCINNATI — The Alliance for Chemical Safety presented Melissa English of Ohio Citizen Action with the 2015 Risk Communication Award. The award is given each year to a company, individual or organization that has excelled in minimizing public exposure to chemical […]

Government predicts shale slowdown as oil falls
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Government predicts shale slowdown as oil falls

NEW YORK, NY — “As oil’s long slide continued, the Energy Department forecast Tuesday that production from U.S. shale operators will begin to tail off in the second half of the year. The decline would mark the first such drop in what has been a 6-year boom in U.S. onshore […]

Groups sue EPA to force oil, gas industry to disclose toxic chemicals
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Groups sue EPA to force oil, gas industry to disclose toxic chemicals

WASHINGTON, DC — “Nine environmental and open-government groups have sued the U.S. EPA over its refusal to add the oil and gas extraction industry to the Toxics Release Inventory, which would require the disclosure of toxic chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, natural gas processing and other operations. The group, led […]

Pioneer Drilling Co. operations near Montrose, Pennsylvania, U.S.
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Oil below $60 tests economics of U.S. shale boom

NEW YORK, NY —  “The U.S. shale boom that’s brought the country closer to energy self-sufficiency than at any time since the 1980s will be challenged in 2015 as never before. The benchmark U.S. crude price has fallen below $60, demand growth is weakening and OPEC, which controls 40 percent […]

Oklahoma had more earthquakes last year than any other state in the Lower 48. Data courtesy of the U.S. Geological Society.
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Shaken more than 560 times, Okla. is top state for quakes in 2014

GRANT CO, OK — “Oklahoma had a fivefold surge in earthquakes last year, making it by far the most seismically active state in the Lower 48. The Sooner State was shaken by 564 quakes of magnitude 3 and larger, compared with only 100 in 2013, according to an EnergyWire analysis […]

The Ohio Oil and Gas Commission has ruled that safety should have been a consideration when the state, last year, issued a permit for a new well in North Royalton. Photo provided by Peter Maizitis.
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Ohio Oil and Gas Commission revokes drilling permit for North Royalton well

NORTH ROYALTON — “A state permit that would have allowed Cutter Oil Co. to drill a new oil and gas well by using parts of two city streets has been revoked. The Ohio Oil and Gas Commission — a five-member body that hears appeals to state oil and gas decisions — revoked […]

Crews cap gas leak at Monroe County fracking well
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Crews cap gas leak at Monroe County fracking well

MONROE CO — “The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued a statement, saying the state would conduct an investigation to ensure that the well is working properly before the company is allowed to continue operations. Triad Hunter has offices in Marietta, in Washington County, and its headquarters is in Texas. […]

Evacuated families in Monroe County await answers on fracking-well gas leak
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Evacuated families in Monroe County await answers on fracking-well gas leak

MONROE CO — “From their backyard, less than a mile from the well, the Heaters heard it. The rushing gas sounded like a broken air hose, Heater said — a deep, steady WHOOOOSH. As the weekend approached, gas was still spewing uncontrollably. Families within a mile and a half of […]

New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer
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New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer

ALBANY, NY  — “Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom in […]

Environmental group ‘audits’ fracking waste disposal oversight
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Environmental group ‘audits’ fracking waste disposal oversight

COLUMBUS — “An environmental advocacy organization on Tuesday called on the federal government to audit Ohio’s fracking waste disposal system and suspend the state’s authority over injection wells. The push from Ohio Citizen Action was coupled with the release of a “citizens’ audit” of Ohio’s oil and gas waste disposal […]