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bill approved by the Ohio House last week makes changes to how oil and gas drillers report hazardous chemicals to emergency planners and first responders. (Joshua Gunter/ The Plain Dealer)
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Chemical reporting bill controversial

Changes would block public access to database COLUMBUS — “Environmental activists said the bill would hurt first responders’ ability to do their jobs while giving more power to ODNR. ‘No other chemical-intensive industry in the state gets a pass like this,’ Melissa English, development director for Ohio Citizen Action, said […]

Authorities responding to a fire at this fracking well in Monroe County in June couldn’t get to the site’s list of chemicals for days.
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Bill alters reporting of fracking chemicals in Ohio

COLUMBUS — The bill would change how Ohio deals with the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, enacted almost 30 years ago to keep residents and emergency responders informed about the hazardous chemicals in their backyards. Congress passed the act in 1986, in direct response to a 1984 chemical […]

Ohio activists oppose disclosure provisions of H.B. 490
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Ohio activists oppose disclosure provisions of H.B. 490

COLUMBUS — “HB 490 is sponsored by Rep. Andy Thompson (R-Marietta), who represents a large portion of Ohio’s shale country and received significant funding for his re-election campaign from oil and gas interests. An earlier version of the bill included language to repeal the oil and gas reporting exemption, but […]

Kasich should urge Senate to purge toxic amendments in grab-bag House bill: editorial
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Kasich should urge Senate to purge toxic amendments in grab-bag House bill: editorial

CLEVELAND — “Republican Gov. John Kasich – pumped from a re-election rout and rumors of a White House run – needs to exercise his political muscle and pull the plug on an industry-driven, water-withdrawal amendment that could condemn Lake Erie to death by a thousand straws. Substitute House Bill 490 […]

Silverio Caggiano, a 31-year veteran of the Youngstown Fire Department.
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First responders, community members and environmental advocates call for fracking chemical disclosure

COLUMBUS — After the Ohio House of Representatives quietly passed House Bill 490 during the lame duck session, the state is poised to go backwards when it comes to protecting communities and first responders. In 2013, after outcry from citizens and the environmental community, the United States EPA reaffirmed that […]

Fracking industry suing over drilling bans
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Fracking industry suing over drilling bans

COLUMBUS — “As fracking spreads in the United States, voters in more and more cities are banning drilling, waste disposal and other practices associated with deep-shale oil and gas wells. But those bans have prompted lawsuits filed by state governments or the oil and gas industry raising a legal question: […]

Merger gives fracturing disclosures uncertain future
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Merger gives fracturing disclosures uncertain future

HOUSTON, TX — “Baker Hughes’ much-praised practice of fully disclosing the ingredients in its fracturing fluid faces an uncertain future now that Baker Hughes is poised to merge into larger rival Halliburton. Environmental groups lauded Baker Hughes last month after it announced it would start providing complete lists of all […]

Concerns, protests over Ohio fracking
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Concerns, protests over Ohio fracking

COLUMBUS — “More Disclosure: The Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund called for increased disclosure of chemicals used in horizontal hydraulic fracturing, after a well fire in Monroe County. Emergency responders dealing with the latter, the group said, did not know the types or locations of chemicals at the site. ‘Rather […]

Worker killed in explosion at Noble County oil and gas facility
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Worker killed in explosion at Noble County oil and gas facility

COLUMBUS — “Fracking sites claimed lives in Ohio and Colorado this week, bringing home concerns about worker safety that have grown as the controversial method of collecting oil and gas has increased. A Virginia man working on an oil and gas pump at a fracking site in Noble County in […]

CONSOL & Blue Racer release statement on fatal oil well drilling accident in Noble County
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CONSOL & Blue Racer release statement on fatal oil well drilling accident in Noble County

MARION — “One person is dead and authorities are investigating following an oil well drilling accident in Noble County Wednesday afternoon.The accident happened about 4:15 p.m. when a fire was reported adjacent to a CONSOL Energy well pad in Marion Township. According to a statement from CONSOL energy Thursday morning, […]