Hydraulic Fracturing

Broadview Heights, site of this natural gas well, is one of several communities that filed briefs in support of Munroe Falls battle to uphold its ability to control local drilling.Lynn Ischay, The Plain Dealer
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Judge tosses drilling suit; moms say ‘not giving up’

BROADVIEW HTS — “A community activist group near Cleveland that opposes oil and gas wells in residential neighborhoods said it plans to appeal a judge’s decision to dismiss its lawsuit against the state. Mothers Against Drilling in Our Neighborhood, which is based in Broadview Heights, claimed that the city’s Community […]

Drillers to submit electronic records on fracking chemicals to Pa. DEP
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Drillers to submit electronic records on fracking chemicals to Pa. DEP

HARRISBURG, PA — “Pennsylvania will require shale gas companies to disclose electronically the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing in a new state-run database by next summer. Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley said the department will end its partnership with FracFocus, an independent online catalog of fracking records, […]

Newly confirmed DEP Secretary John Quigley wants to make the agency more transparent, with data easily accessible.
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

DEP plans new fracking chemical disclosure site, promises more transparency

HARRISBURG, PA — “Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection is developing several tools to make information on natural gas drilling more accessible to the public. This includes a new fracking chemical disclosure site, a web portal for information on each natural gas well, and opportunities for the public to comment on […]

The FracTracker Alliance prepared this map to show oil and gas production and industry water use in the Utica shale play area of southeastern Ohio. Courtesy of FracTracker Alliance.
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Fracking and water: Quantity, not just quality, a concern

CAMP HILL, PA — “Even in a water-rich state like Ohio, growing water use for fracking could strain water reserves, according to new research from the FracTracker Alliance, a non-profit organization that compiles data, maps and analyses about the impacts of the oil and gas industry. FrackTracker compared the oil […]

This July 7, 2013, photo shows fire fighters watering smoldering rubble in Lac Megantic, Que., after a runaway train derailed causing explosions that killed 47 people and leveled the town’s business district. ASSOCIATED PRESS
Hydraulic Fracturing

Amid fracking boom, cities fear explosive safety risk it can carry

CHICAGO, IL — “With the Windy City experiencing a 4,000 percent increase in oil-train traffic since 2008, Chicago and its many densely populated suburbs have become a focal point as Congress considers a number of safety reforms this year. Many oil trains are 100 or more cars long, carrying hydraulically […]

Letter to the Editor: State must address inadequate reporting rules for oil and gas operations
Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Letter to the Editor: State must address inadequate reporting rules for oil and gas operations

DOYLESTOWN — “As Ohio’s legislature grinds through another budget cycle, I’d like to note a small opportunity the budget affords for much needed change. Buried in the 2,783-page document is a proposal to allow the Department of Natural Resources to accept information about hazardous chemicals used during hydraulic fracturing, instead […]

Fracking byproduct factories to bring Ohio risks, rewards
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Fracking byproduct factories to bring Ohio risks, rewards

BELPRE — “Ohio is poised to gain a new industry, one that will process a byproduct of oil and gas drilling and is raising new concerns about possible pollution and other safety hazards. It’s called condensate, and it’s about as flammable as gasoline. It also contains benzene, a chemical known […]

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 […]