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Conference Conclusion: Area’s Oil & Gas...

WHEELING – Even with all the frackers, pipeliners, truckers, abstractors and others working in the Marcellus and Utica shale boom region, at least two researchers believe the industry’s impact on employment is virtually nil in the states involved. During the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s Shale Symposium on Thursday at Wheeling Jesuit University, Keystone Research Center Executive Director Steven...

Uneven State Rules And Trade Secrets Fuel Fracking...

Requirements for how industry discloses chemicals in fracking fluids vary state to state A brew of state activity, federal inaction, industry interests, and environmental concerns is bubbling over in response to public demands for more information about the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Fueling the debate is the oil and gas industry’s refusal to reveal the identity of the substances in fracking fluids. Fracking,...

Figuring Out Fracking Wastewater

Scientists are analyzing the liquid that comes from fracking wells to determine the best ways to treat it. Almost 3 million gallons of concentrated salt water leaked in early January from a ruptured pipeline at a natural gas drilling site near Williston, N.D. The brine, a by-product of the oil and gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, spilled into two creeks that empty into the Missouri River, according to news...

Panel accepts some fracking safeguards for state p...

An Ohio House panel modified a fracking proposal yesterday to explicitly mandate “zero surface impact” on state parks and forests. But by mostly party-line votes, the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee denied a pair of additional amendments that would have provided extra protection to public lands. A vote on House Bill 8 itself was delayed for another week. The measure would set up a new process in Ohio for...

Ohio senator seeks stricter fracking waste penalti...

COLUMBUS – A state senator wants increased penalties and stiffer permit rules for improperly disposing of gas-drilling waste and toxic brine in Ohio. Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni’s legislation would raise the state’s penalties for knowingly disposing of oil and gas waste illegally to levels found in the federal Clean Water Act. The Boardman Democrat says violators could face a felony. They could be...

We’re finding out what’s in fracking wastewater, a...

On so many issues, California is the green leader, showing other states how it should be done better. But better is not necessarily the same thing as flawless. Right now, California is doing a better job of regulating fracking than any other state that allows it — but, of course, many local activists would rather the state just banned it, as New York has. The federal government doesn’t require fracking companies to...

Two groups seek legal action against Ohio drilling...

From two clean-water groups today: WATER PROTECTION GROUPS GO ON OFFENSIVE AGAINST UNREGULATED RADIOACTIVE FRACKING WASTE FACILITIES Two organizations devoted to protecting water sources from dangerous oil and gas industry activity have filed a key motion in an Ohio court, challenging oil and gas waste disposal practices. On Friday, February 27, 2015, Food & Water Watch and the FreshWater Accountability Project (FWAP)...

States Drag Their Feet on Congressman’s Frac...

Cartwright finds responses from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia too little and too late. 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. Now, Matthew Cartwright has some answers, and he finds them late–and lacking. Cartwright, a Democrat from eastern Pennsylvania, launched the investigation in his...

New injection well permit could make Athens No. 1

It would be a dubious No. 1 – for most injection well waste in Ohio; Athens Co. already ranks first for out-of-state waste A third injection well in eastern Athens County is slated to move forward with no public hearing from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources despite 200 letters of protest and a request by the county board of commissioners. ODNR’s decision to forego a public hearing on the application for a...

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

An Ohio Supreme Court justice lamented last week that “the oil and gas industry has gotten its way” in a decision that says local governments can’t regulate drilling. “What the drilling industry has bought and paid for in campaign contributions they shall receive.” The dissenting opinion of Justice William M. O’Neill in a fracking case was not without factual basis: Ohio’s oil-and-gas industry poured about $1.4...