Hydraulic Fracturing

Construction employees at the NiSource gas processing plant working next to the methodizer September, 2013.
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Oil and gas industry fighting back on possible tax increase

COLUMBUS — “As oil and gas is taken from the ground across eastern Ohio, state leaders have spent the last three-and-a-half years kicking around proposals to increase Ohio’s 20 cents per barrel severance tax – a rate that Gov. John Kasich calls ‘unconscionable.’ In his initial budget, Kasich proposed a […]

Extracting the truth on fracking
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Extracting the truth on fracking

CLEVELAND — “…The ODNR is supposed to serve as the barrier between these waste materials and the residents of Ohio; it is their job to monitor and enforce safe handling and disposal of all dangerous materials. After speaking with Melissa English, Development Director of Ohio Citizen Action (OCA), we learned […]

Ohio House members passed a bill in March that critics argue makes it easier for private property owners to drill for oil and gas under the Cleveland Metroparks and other regional park systems. The Ohio Senate will consider the bill this summer.
Hydraulic Fracturing

Lawmakers betray public park supporters in oil and gas drilling bill

CLEVELAND — “If you love your regional park system, you should be upset by House Bill 8. The bill, passed in March, could compel your park system – including the Cleveland Metroparks – to let others drill for oil and gas under park land. The bill takes the power out […]

family hikes through the Cleveland Metroparks' South Chagrin Reservation in 2014. It is one of many public sites that could be subject to mandatory oil and gas drilling. (Lynn Ischay, The Plain Dealer)
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Battle looms over oil and gas drilling in public parks

CLEVELAND — “A bill that has already passed the Ohio House of Representatives could give the oil and gas industry expedited access to explore public and private land, according to public officials. But proponents of the bill, now before the Ohio Senate, say it could protect the rights of private […]

Fracking chemicals detected in Pennsylvania drinking water
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Fracking chemicals detected in Pennsylvania drinking water

BRADFORD CO, PA — “An analysis of drinking water sampled from three homes in Bradford County, Pa., revealed traces of a compound commonly found in Marcellus Shale drilling fluids, according to a study published on Monday. The paper, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, addresses a […]

Fracking, wastewater-injection wells raise Ohio’s quake risk, feds say
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Fracking, wastewater-injection wells raise Ohio’s quake risk, feds say

COLUMBUS — “…although fracking-related earthquakes strong enough to be felt by people are more common in Oklahoma than Ohio, the survey warned that parts of Ohio are at risk of more-frequent temblors. Part of the problem, said Robert Skoumal, one of the Miami researchers, is that there are fault lines […]

Ohio lawmakers prepare to give drillers nearly unfettered access to almost all public and private lands
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Ohio lawmakers prepare to give drillers nearly unfettered access to almost all public and private lands

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio legislature is poised to make some small but mighty changes in Ohio’s oil and gas statute that will create even smoother sailing for the shale oil and gas industry. Their proposals, appearing in House Bill 8, are amendments to Ohio’s oil and gas law. Here’s what […]

Twenty-five Ohio citizen groups petition the U.S. EPA for drastic reform of Ohio’s  fracking waste disposal program
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Twenty-five Ohio citizen groups petition the U.S. EPA for drastic reform of Ohio’s fracking waste disposal program

75% of Ohio’s disposal wells for fracking waste are in low-income Appalachian areas that receive “comically inadequate” public participation 0pportunities and no meaningful enforcement COLUMBUS — A large coalition of Ohio environmental and community groups including Ohio Citizen Action sent a detailed, fifteen page demand to U.S. EPA’s Office of […]

Dead fish and other deceased wildlife have been found in the area.
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

EPA searches for evidence of environmental crime at Vienna injection well

VIENNA TWP — “The United States Environmental agency executed a search warrant at a Vienna Township brine disposal business that is the site of a spill. According to the Ohio Attorney General’s office, agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation were asked to assist the Northeast Ohio Environmental Task […]

EPA to decide on public reporting of oil and gas toxic chemicals by October 30
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

EPA to decide on public reporting of oil and gas toxic chemicals by October 30

Environmental groups stay their lawsuit against EPA over exemption for oil and gas from reporting to federal Toxics Release Inventory WASHINGTON, DC — “A federal court has entered a stay in a lawsuit that environmental organizations filed against Environmental Protection Agency over the agency’s failure to require the oil and […]