Hydraulic Fracturing

Rep. Al Landis, a Dover Republican who leads the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said the focus of the bill is to help private landowners.
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Ohio House bill would ease fracking in state parks

COLUMBUS — “Gov. John Kasich has used the back door to keep fracking out of Ohio state parks and forests. Now, the legislature is trying a side door to fast-track fracking on public lands. A measure prioritized by House Republicans, who dominate the chamber, got a third hearing yesterday on […]

FracFocus promises improvements in access, accuracy
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

FracFocus promises improvements in access, accuracy

WASHINGTON, DC — “The improvements to FracFocus are to include a “self-checking” feature designed to detect and correct errors when companies are entering the unique numbers for chemicals, called CAS numbers. The organizations said they will put an ‘emphasis’ on a reporting format called the ‘systems approach’ that they hope […]

Ohio’s oil-and-gas industry donations, ruling tied?
Hydraulic Fracturing

Ohio’s oil-and-gas industry donations, ruling tied?

COLUMBUS — “Justice Judith L. French authored the majority opinion in Tuesday’s 4-3 ruling that said state law trumped local ordinances designed to keep fracking out. The decision was based on a 2004 law whose prime sponsor was a legislator named Tom Niehaus, a New Richmond Republican who went on […]

A drilling rig in Columbiana County
Hydraulic Fracturing

Local governments cannot regulate fracking, Ohio Supreme Court rules

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio Supreme Court ruled today that local governments cannot use their home-rule powers – including zoning laws — to regulate oil and gas drilling. In a 4-3 ruling, the majority concluded that the Summit County city of Munroe Falls could not enforce its fracking and zoning regulations […]

An investigation led by Pennsylvania Congressman Matthew Cartwright (center) into several states' fracking waste practices has failed to provide any substantive details. Credit: Congressman Matt Cartwright
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

States drag their feet on Congressman’s frack waste investigation

Cartwright finds responses from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia too little and too late WASHINGTON, DC — “A Pennsylvania congressman wanted to know how his state and two neighboring states oversee the disposal of the often toxic waste generated by fracking oil-and-gas wells. …Among the issues Cartwright raised: How each […]

The U.S. Coast Guard is mulling how to regulate moving fracking waste along federal rivers. / The Cincinnati Enquirer
Hydraulic Fracturing

Coast Guard denies approving barge shipment of drilling waste

PITTSBURGH, PA — “The U.S. Coast Guard has denied statements by GreenHunter Resources that it has given the Texas-based water management company clearance to ship wastewater from shale drillers by barge along the Ohio River. The Coast Guard said Wednesday that it had not taken final action on a 2012 […]

Earthquakes began rattling northeast Ohio on New Year's Eve 2011. (Photo: WFAA)
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

The Fault Line: Ohio quakes offer lessons for Texas

YOUNGSTOWN — “The earthquakes were a rallying cry for opposition to oil and gas drilling for many in northeastern Ohio. The Northstar I well is now inactive, but ‘the battle for this well is not over until it is dismantled,’ Williams pledged. Dr. Ray Beiersdorfer, a geologist at Youngstown State […]

A natural gas drilling rig stands next to a house in a field west of Rifle, Colorado, U.S., on Dec. 3, 2012. Natural gas futures declined in New York before a weekly government report that may show a seasonal stockpile decline. Photographer: George Frey/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Colorado oil and gas task force weighs disclosure of fracking chemicals

DENVER, CO — “Gov. John Hickenlooper’s task force on oil and gas discussed proposals Monday that would force energy companies to disclose all the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing and give local governments more of a say on where wells can be drilled. The task force is winnowing down […]

Senate votes to keep ‘Halliburton loophole'; regulation stays with states
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Senate votes to keep ‘Halliburton loophole'; regulation stays with states

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Senate sided with the oil and gas industry yesterday and flatly rejected an effort to repeal a provision environmentalists call the “Halliburton loophole.” The measure would have repealed a provision in the 2005 energy bill that exempted the practice from the underground injection control (UIC) provisions […]

Bakken crude oil rolls over Ohio rails
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Bakken crude oil rolls over Ohio rails

COLUMBUS — “Millions of gallons of some of the most volatile crude oil in North America are being transported on rail lines through Ohio each week, according to reports that the state had kept secret until this week. The railroad-company reports show that 45 million to 137 million gallons of […]