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Executive order sets up one-call response to oil, ...

Gov. John Kasich has issued an order that is designed to improve response to emergencies involving oil and gas facilities, which his office says will lead to faster and more effective reaction to explosions, leaks and other disasters. The executive order sets up a “one call” response system, which requires energy companies to call a state hotline within 30 minutes after an accident. The call will begin a process...

Keystone Pipeline Leaked Thousands More Gallons of...

Last week TransCanada shut down a portion of their Keystone pipeline due to an oil leak. They estimated that about 187 gallons of oil had spilled. After examining soil excavations the company is now reporting that nearly 17,000 gallons of oil spilled. The numbers were reported to the National response Center and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration. (ed. How could the estimate be low by a factor of 100?) The...

Natural Gas Water Truck In Accident, Spills Brine ...

BARNESVILLE – Gulfport Energy contractors may not be drawing any water from the village reservoir, but an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency spokesman said the company is responsible for 5,000 gallons of brine that leaked into a stream leading to the reservoir Wednesday. Officials with Ohio EPA and the state’s Department of Natural Resources joined local emergency authorities to investigate the scene along Ohio...

GEICO refuses to cover man made earthquakes

Oklahoma, companies like Geico announced that they are refusing insurance coverage for any damage caused by man-made earthquakes—such as those caused by processes like fracking, injection, and drilling—just after a series of quakes recently rocked the state; the move has left customers wondering how much of their coverage will be affected. All insurance companies operating in Oklahoma were asked by the state’s insurance...

Well Pad Chemical Disclosure moving to ODNR

Chemical disclosure legislation is being developed that will move disclosure of materials at well pads from the State Emergency Response Commission to ODNR.  As nearly as I can figure out, neither organization is up to the task.  I have spent a lot of time with FracFocus and less with ODNR databases because the latter are so annoying to use.  I think you get along with them better.  My broader chemical disclosure concern is...

OSHA: More Scrutiny and More Penalties Possible fo...

On March 18, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that those engaged in crude petroleum and natural gas extraction, drilling, and related support activities are engaged in “high hazard” activities and will be subject to OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program.   The program has been in effect since 2010, when it replaced the prior Enhanced Enforcement Program.  When the program started,...

OEPA: 2,000 gallons of waste oil spilled into Vien...

VIENNA, Ohio Workers from Kleese Development were back at two ponds and the Little Yankee Run wetlands on Sodom Hutchings Road on Friday for a second day, cleaning up an estimated 2,000 gallons or more of “light waste oil” from Kleese’s oilfield-services company nearby. The company issued a statement late Friday saying the company was halting all operations at the Sodom Hutchings location, including brine injection “for the...

Bakken oil trains roll across Columbus

Almost 1.4 million Ohioans live within a half-mile of railroad lines where some of the most-volatile crude oil in North America rolls by each week, a Dispatch analysis has found. Those people, about 12 percent of the state’s population, are at risk of being forced from their homes should a train hauling crude oil from the Bakken shale fields of North Dakota run off the tracks. About 15 percent of Franklin County’s residents...

Increase in fracking trucks has drawbacks

CADIZ, Ohio — The warning signs and convoys of semi trucks have become part of the landscape in eastern Ohio’s shale country, where a drilling surge has brought more big rigs to rural roads. Oil and gas truck traffic ahead. The orange placards and the trucks they portend might be the clearest sign yet of the dual role locals say the region’s oil and gas industry has assumed as both economic engine and potential danger for...

First Nationwide Oil Worker Strike In Decades Grow...

On Friday, the local Toledo union posted on its Facebook page that the “strike is NOT about money, this is about addressing safety issues that have been ignored for way too long … 138 workers were killed on the job while extracting, producing, or supporting oil and gas in 2012 … the number was more than double that of 2009.” On Sunday, workers at two BP oil refineries in Ohio and Indiana walked out as part of a nationwide...

Pipeline company MarkWest fined for repeated spill...

On July 18, 2013, about 1,200 gallons of clay slurry leaked from a MarkWest Energy Partners pipeline into a wetland in northern Monroe County. It took more than two years, but the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with a pipeline company that repeatedly spilled thousands of gallons of drilling slurry into wetlands and streams in eastern Ohio. Under the agreement, MarkWest Energy Partners will pay...

Most allowed back home after fracking-well blowout...

From his fishing boat on a rural Jefferson County pond, Mike Poole could see the natural-gas wellhead less than a tenth of a mile away. Poole spent part of his Tuesday afternoon on that boat with a friend and his dog. The well, at that time, was just part of the landscape. By Tuesday evening, though, it had forced him from his home in Bloomingdale, Ohio. Poole, who lives above the Mingo Sportsmans Club less than a mile from...

Group pushes for more chemical disclosure at frack...

Disclosure of complete chemical information before oil and gas companies break ground on a fracking site could better prepare emergency-response teams for the worst fires, a Cleveland-based environmental and consumer organization said yesterday. Based on its study of a Monroe County well-pad fire in June, the nonprofit Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund, which opposes fracking, came up with recommendations for state...

Fracking fire intensifies push to change Ohio chem...

WOODSFIELD, OHIO — “Environmentalists say the recent fire at a hydraulic fracturing well in southeastern Ohio highlights the flaws in state and federal disclosure laws for chemicals used in ‘fracking.’ The fire at the Monroe County well site on June 28 spread to 20 nearby trucks on the drilling pad, and required additional firefighters from six counties to contain it. Melissa English, development director with Ohio Citizen...

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...