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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...

Ohio 3rd in hazardous spills during shipping

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – Ohio ranks third nationwide in the number of serious spills involving hazardous materials on roads, rail lines, waterways and in the air since 2005, the Dayton Daily News reported Sunday. The state’s 256 serious incidents involving hazardous material releases rank behind only California and Texas. Those incidents in Ohio include one death from exposure to hazardous material and six deaths from the...

500 Tons of Contaminated Soil Removed From Range R...

Crews have removed 500 tons of contaminated soil from a Range Resources centralized impoundment located in Amwell Township, Washington County – the site where the state Department of Environmental Protection last week said was a “significant leak.” Although Matt Pitzarella, the Marcellus Shale drilling company’s director of corporate communications, disputed there was, in fact, a “leak” at the site, DEP’s spokesman John...

Oil & Gas Worker Deaths Increase Over 100 Per...

On-The-Job Deaths Spiking As Oil Drilling Quickly Expands Blue-collar workers, hit hard by automation and factory offshoring, have been struggling to find high-paying jobs. One industry does offer opportunity: As baby boomers retire and drilling increases, oil and gas companies are hiring. They added 23 percent more workers between 2009 and 2012. Oil and gas worker on a rig during a shoot for the fracking documentary Triple...

Questions about shale potential still unanswered &...

1,000th permit to be issued soon, but fracking in Ohio slowed by lack of pipelines and processing On Sept. 28, 2010, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued the state’s first horizontal well permit, granting the right to drill down into and hydraulically fracture — “frack” — the Utica Shale geologic formation at a site about 10 miles west of Steubenville. Now, more than three years later, the natural resources...

Slurry from pipeline construction leaks into creek

Not thought to be toxic, but still a danger to wildlife A drilling-related slurry has been leaching from a pipeline construction site into a creek that feeds into the Muskingum River, according to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. The department does not think the material was toxic. No dead or dying fish were observed in that immediate stretch of the Wakatomika Creek, about a mile northwest of Frazeysburg,...

St. Mary’s Oil Leak Investigated By EPA Amid...

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federal environmental regulators are investigating a January chemical emergency at an Ohio oil well and asking why an inventory of the facility’s chemicals wasn’t available to local authorities, according to a letter released Wednesday by a coalition of activists. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency confirmed its investigation of the Jan. 16 incident near St. Marys in Auglaize County in...

Danger in honeycomb of old wells

Yesteryear’s energy prospectors left a legacy to be  reckoned with April 4, 2011 12:00 am (May 19, 2013 — This is being posted for reference only. It is not intended to be e-mailed to all subscribers. However, my settings do not always prevent its distribution.)  Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/us/danger-in-honeycomb-of-old-wells-291920/#ixzz2Tmk0EONM By Nicholas Kusnetz / ProPublica In the...

Pipeline construction in shale boom alters country...

SCIO, Ohio — For more than 80 years, the view from Jody Snyder’s front porch was sweet and simple: farm fields, woods and rolling hills. It’s a view she has shared with her husband, Dick, for decades. But the landscape is changing in rural Harrison County. Now, a battalion of construction workers operates cranes, backhoes and bulldozers that the Snyders watch warily. The workers are carving a miles-long trench for...

Water fouled with fracking chemicals spews near Wi...

State regulators say at least 84,000 gallons of water contaminated with oil and chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing spilled from a broken well-head in a field about 4 miles north of Windsor, Colorado. A mechanical failure at about 9:30 a.m. Monday sent a smelly stream of steaming, greenish fluid onto soil and required fire trucks testing air every 30 minutes to ensure leaking natural gas was not about to explode and the...