Cleveland State University analysis of the economic activity indicators tied to Utica and Marcellus drilling show a move toward the southeastern part of Ohio
The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University recently released the latest supplement to its Ohio Utica Shale Monitor, which analyzed aggregate indicators of economic activity related to Utica and Marcellus shale development during 2013. The study’s findings are based on reviews of sales receipts as a leading indicator of economic activity, total employment based upon where people live rather than work, well...
EPA Data: Natural Gas Fracking Not Causing Methane Spike
Natural gas fracking is not causing a spike in U.S. methane emissions, the latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data show. The data debunk assertions by global warming alarmists that recent declines in U.S. carbon dioxide emissions—caused largely by the increasing use of low-carbon natural gas power—are being offset by rising methane emissions from natural gas fracking.
Asserted Methane Leaks Dan Lashof, director of the Natural Resources...
Ohio cities stand in solidarity on drilling issue
MANSFIELD — Law Director John Spon expects to give a careful reading to a state court ruling later this year that will decide whether cities may exert some control over where a company drills for oil or gas.
“This will be an important landmark decision,” Spon said.
The city of Mansfield joined Broadview Heights, Euclid, North Royalton and Amesville last fall, filing a “friend of the court” brief in a case brought by the city of Munroe Falls...
Would Keystone pipeline unload ‘carbon bomb’ or job boom?
Keystone pipeline: Bomb or boom?
Environmental opponents don’t mince words on the Keystone XL pipeline. Some call it the “fuse to the biggest carbon bomb on the planet” because of the carbon emissions from the oil it will carry.
If the pipeline is approved and the fuse lit, climate scientist James Hansen says, it’s: “Game over for climate.”
Backers say the Canada-to-U.S. pipeline could lower U.S. dependence on unstable foreign...
Etna officials seek to protect area wells from fracking
ETNA — Etna Township officials have launched an effort to protect the area’s water-well fields from the mining process known as fracking.
Former Etna zoning administrator Chris Harkness, now in his role as a planner for the Licking County Planning Department, has given some recommendations to Etna officials to protect the area’s well fields.
The township wants to ban certain risky businesses or regulate them in the proposed Wellfield Protection...
4 states confirm water pollution from drilling
Associated Press review of complaints casts doubt on industry view that it rarely happens.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — In at least four states that have nurtured the nation’s energy boom, hundreds of complaints have been made about well-water contamination from oil or gas drilling, and pollution was confirmed in a number of them, according to a review that casts doubt on industry suggestions that such problems rarely happen.
The Associated Press requested...
This Chart Proves Just How Miserably America Is Failing On Climate Change
America is passing the buck when it comes to climate change.
The United States is the second-worst polluter in the world, after China, and its only “flagship” climate change law is more than 50 years old, according to the Globe Climate Legislation Study released Thursday. Meanwhile, 60 of the 66 other top-polluting nations have passed flagship climate change laws since 2000.
The study, coauthored by Globe International and the London School of...
Popular anti-fracking study discredited by Colorado health department
Research claiming that hydraulic fracturing — fracking — causes increased cancer risks and birth defects have been discredited by Colorado state public health officials.
The researchers with the Colorado School of Public Health cited “minuscule” statistical differences and ignored other factors in producing a report on the negative side effects of fracking, according to a statement released by the Colorado Department of Public...
Dream of U.S. Oil Independence Slams Against Shale Costs
The path toward U.S. energy independence, made possible by a boom in shale oil, will be much harder than it seems.
Just a few of the roadblocks: Independent producers will spend $1.50 drilling this year for every dollar they get back. Shale output drops faster than production from conventional methods. It will take 2,500 new wells a year just to sustain output of 1 million barrels a day in North Dakota’s Bakken shale, according to the...
Ohio Supreme Court case over Munroe Falls’ drilling laws could impact home rule authority across the state
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
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A case to be heard Wednesday before the Ohio Supreme Court involves oil and gas drilling in the tiny Summit County community of Munroe Falls, but the ruling could have big consequences for the rest of the state.
At issue is...