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Halliburton delayed releasing details on fracking ...

A fracking company made federal and state agencies that oversee drinking-water safety wait days before it shared a list of toxic chemicals that spilled from a drilling site into a tributary of the Ohio River. Although the spill following a fire on June 28 at the Statoil North America well pad in Monroe County stretched 5 miles along the creek and killed more than 70,000 fish and wildlife, state officials said they do not...

Ohio study finds more costs than benefits in shale...

Even before the most recent recession, Carroll County in rural eastern Ohio was struggling. Employment prospects were sparse and young people were fleeing for opportunities elsewhere. Then came 2011 and arrival of the shale industry, giving the local economy an injection of jobs and the attendant financial benefits an influx of new business creates. Though shale development has changed the county’s fortunes, the...

GreenHunter seeks Ohio River barge dock permit; Co...

GreenHunter seeks dock to greatly expand frackwaste dumping, pushes liquid frackwaste barging on the Ohio: Commissioners and citizens call for extended comment period and federal public hearing July 10, 2014 –– A group of Ohioans has been shocked to stumble on a new proposal by GreenHunter, a Texas-based frackwaste company, to build a barge off-loading facility on the Ohio River in Portland, Meigs County. Barging of...

Fracking has nearly doubled natural-gas production...

NORTH CANTON, Ohio — New fracking wells spread rapidly throughout the Utica shale in eastern Ohio last year, increasing the state’s natural-gas production to historic highs, state officials said yesterday. Natural-gas production increased by 97 percent in 2013 from 2012 numbers, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director James Zehringer said yesterday during a presentation at Stark State College. And oil production...

U.S. Seen as Biggest Oil Producer After Overtaking...

The U.S. will remain the world’s biggest oil producer this year after overtaking Saudi Arabia and Russia as extraction of energy from shale rock spurs the nation’s economic recovery, Bank of America Corp. said. U.S. production of crude oil, along with liquids separated from natural gas, surpassed all other countries this year with daily output exceeding 11 million barrels in the first quarter, the bank said in a report...

Ohio fracking water reuse questioned

Since January, Ohio has approved operating permits for 27 centers that take drilling mud, radioactive rocks and wastewater from fracking wells and store or “clean” it before sending it on to landfills or injection wells. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has approved every permit — considered temporary until the state writes rules that regulate the centers — without any public notification or input. That...

Fracking water use may lead to droughts

Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District may sell thousands of gallons ZANESVILLE — With some groups touting the economic benefit hydraulic fracturing could have locally, scientists fear the effect of current trends for the future of the Muskingum River Watershed. The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, an 18-county political body responsible for the 19 percent of Ohio’s landmass that is the Muskingum River basin,...

Permit Allows Fracking Waste Storage in Backyards,...

Nine East Smithfield Township natural gas leaseholders have banded together to fight a new permit from the state (Pennsylvania) Department of Environmental Protection that allows more than 700,000 gallons of toxic waste to be stored in backyards for years. Driven with frustration by Chesapeake Energy and DEP’s lack of communication to the township, a nine-member group of residents, represented by spokesman Dick Stedge,...

State Attorney General Alerted to Illegal Orders b...

June 3, 2014 – The FreshWater Accountability Project (FWAP), a grassroots non-profit water protection organization, today demanded that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) cancel the temporary authorizations issued for at least 23 toxic and radioactive fracking waste facilities in Ohio. The facilities granted Chief’s Orders to operate include open pit frack waste storage, water separation and recycling...

“A disaster waiting to happen”: four in 10 “high r...

Federal inspectors can’t keep up with the nation’s fracking boom, a bombshell report reveals Regardless of the promises for what fracking could do — serve as a “bridge fuel” on the way to renewables, help America achieve energy dependence, etc. — it’s hard to deny what it’s actually done: methane leaks, air and water pollution and earthquakes have all emerged as a consequence of our drill first, ask...