Hydraulic Fracturing

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
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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 […]

Manny Theodosopoulos talks about the increase in business at his family's two restaurants in Cambridge, Theo's and The Forum. More people are frequenting the restaurants, especially The Forum, which is located near hotels that are occupied by oil and gas workers doing fracking jobs in town.
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Community adjusts around fracking industry

CAMBRIDGE — “Money is rolling into Guernsey County because of the exploration of the Utica Shale formation, but only for those directly in its path; others are stagnant or even struggling to stay afloat amid the effects of the new industry. Several restaurants and hotels are doing well, but housing […]

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has ordered the shutdown of two brine injection wells in Weathersfield Township while it investigates an earthquake at the well site.
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Ohio halts injections at two wells for fracking wastewater after quake

COLUMBUS — “State regulators suspended operations at two deep-injection wells for fracking wastewater in northeastern Ohio yesterday after discovering possible evidence that the operation caused a 2.1-magnitude earthquake last weekend. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued a chief’s order to American Water Management Services for its Weathersfield site near […]

In this July 16, 2013, photo, railroad oil tankers are lined up at the Port of Albany, in Albany, NY. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)
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America’s exploding oil train problem

SACRAMENTO, CA — “If you reside in the US, there’s around an eight percent chance that you live in an oil train’s blast zone. And there’s a fight going on at the state and federal levels, between monied interests and regulatory agencies, over efforts to ensure that these trains — […]

Oil and gas wastewater facility run by Danish Flats Environmental Services in Eastern Utah. The process uses open pits that allow the contaminated water to evaporate into the air. Danish Flats was fined $50,000 recently for releasing excessive emissions from its pits. Credit: Danish Flasts Environmental Services
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Oil and gas wastewater pits draw fine for toxic releases

Facility in Utah doubles in size without a proper permit for emissions of volatile organic compounds, including benzene, toluene and xylene. GRAND COUNTY, UT — “A commercial facility that disposes of oil and gas waste in Eastern Utah has been fined $50,000 for releasing excessive amounts of benzene and other […]