Hydraulic Fracturing

For oil and gas companies, rigging seems to involve wages, too
Hydraulic Fracturing

For oil and gas companies, rigging seems to involve wages, too

U.S. Department of Labor investigations have uncovered hundreds of cases in which oil and gas workers, many involved in dangerous jobs, are being cheated of earnings WASHINGTON, DC — “A ProPublica review of U.S. Department of Labor investigations shows that oil and gas workers – men and women often performing […]

GAO report outs Ohio’s flawed fracking waste disposal program
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

GAO report outs Ohio’s flawed fracking waste disposal program

WASHINGTON, DC — The Government Accountability Office released a report Tuesday revealing that Ohio alone, among eight states studied, fails to require advance disclosure of chemicals in fracking waste before it’s disposed of in injection wells. Each of the other seven states (including neighboring Pennsylvania and Kentucky) requires this information […]

The federal government has proposed speed limits for trains carrying crude oil through urban areas.
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Oil and gas production outpacing regulation, GAO says

WASHINGTON, DC — “Oil and gas production is outpacing both pipeline construction and regulation, and the U.S. Department of Transportation needs to consider making new rules, a federal agency said Monday. …The DOT began looking at safety regulations for pipelines in 2011, but didn’t propose new regulations. Since then pipeline […]

ODNR lifts ban on Weathersfield well No. 1
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

ODNR lifts ban on Weathersfield well No. 1

NILES — “The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has lifted its suspension on one of the two American Water Management Services injection wells in Weathersfield Township, the agency announced Thursday. In a prepared statement, ODNR spokeswoman Bethany McCorkle said that after analyzing data in the wake of a 2.1 magnitude […]

IE investigation: Dark side of the boom
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

IE investigation: Dark side of the boom

Inside Energy delves into workplace fatality numbers for the oil and gas industry and find some startling trends, especially for North Dakota. CHEYENNE, WY — “Oil and gas workplace safety is a national issue: An oil and gas worker is six times more likely to die on the job than […]

Steve Lipsky shows the methane contamination of his well by igniting the gas with a lighter outside his family's home in Parker County near Weatherford, Texas on June 17, 2014.
Hydraulic Fracturing

Free speech case springs from fracking dispute

WEATHERFORD, TX — “Steve Lipsky’s tainted water well had already stirred national debate about the impacts of oil and gas production. Now it stars in a free speech dispute that has landed in Texas’ highest court – the biggest test of a state law meant to curb attempts to stifle […]

Governor John Kasich
Hydraulic Fracturing

Kasich vows to ‘focus’ on hiking fracking tax

COLUMBUS — “The legislature has steadfastly declined to give Gov. John Kasich what he wants regarding a new severance tax on fracking in Ohio, but the governor says he’s only going to push harder if he wins re-election — and end a ‘rip-off’ of consumers at the same time. Lawmakers […]

State confirms Conneaut injection well project is dead
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

State confirms Conneaut injection well project is dead

CONNEAUT — “A Cortland company has informed the state that it has pulled its application to drill a brine injection well in Conneaut, according to a spokesman in State Rep. John Patterson’s office. On Friday, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources reported to Patterson’s office that American Energy Inc., had […]

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 file photo provided by Robert A. Franco, a billboard in Coshocton, Ohio opposes deep-injection wells. Michael Boals, an Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on the billboards near two wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater, says the messages are coming down. Boals told The Associated Press the billboards’ owners are ending his lease agreement Tuesday, Sept. 9. He said a July lawsuit contending the signs contain false and defamatory attacks prompted them to end his three-month verbal agreement after two months. (AP Photo/Robert A. Franco, File)
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Anti-fracking billboards in Ohio coming down

COLUMBUS — “An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against ‘poisoned waters’ in billboards opposing the disposal of gas-drilling wastewater says the messages will come down Tuesday. Michael Boals, of Coshocton east of Columbus, told The Associated Press the billboards’ owners were ending his three-month verbal […]

Weathersfield Trustees discuss temporary shut down of injection wells
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Weathersfield Trustees discuss temporary shut down of injection wells

WEATHERSFIELD TOWNSHIP — “Weathersfield Trustees said they have their concerns over a recent earthquake that the state said may be linked to two injection wells in the township. But, for now, they are taking a ‘wait and see’ approach. ‘Our primary concern is we want to protect our residents, we […]