Proof that we can’t trust oil and gas drillers in an emergency Wreckage from the explosion and fire at the Eisenbarth well in Monroe County - Monroe County EMA
Halliburton takes 5 days to provide chemical information at Ohio fracking explosion that killed 70,000 fish Halliburton takes 5 days to provide chemical information at Ohio fracking explosion that killed 70,000 fish
Halliburton delayed releasing details on fracking chemicals after Monroe County spill Halliburton delayed releasing details on fracking chemicals after Monroe County spill
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Injection Wells Figure 2 - Ohio’s injection wells – image credit: Fractracker.org

Injection wells – What’s the problem?

What is brine, what is an injection well? Horizontal hydraulic fracturing, now being used in Ohio to extract oil and gas, is an invasive industrial process that fractures rocks deep underground. The oil and gas that comes up is millions of years old, and is thought to be the heated, […]

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Utica shale ‘sweet spot’ still to be found, report says
Hydraulic Fracturing

Utica shale ‘sweet spot’ still to be found, report says

COLUMBUS — “There’s a big gulf in success in the Utica that will continue until oil and gas explorers zero in on a ‘sweet spot’ and adequate infrastructure is built, law firm Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP says in its second-quarter report on Ohio’s shale industry. It looks like […]

Wreckage from the explosion and fire at the Eisenbarth well in Monroe County - Monroe County EMA
Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Proof that we can’t trust oil and gas drillers in an emergency

CLEVELAND — It took Halliburton 5 days to get complete chemical information to the U.S. EPA after the June 28 emergency where frack trucks at the Eisenbarth Well exploded and caught fire.  In the meantime the U.S. EPA monitored toxic pollution – and finding volatile organic compounds in the air […]

Athens council opposes Meigs barge facility proposal
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Athens council opposes Meigs barge facility proposal

ATHENS — “Athens City Council unanimously voted on Monday to oppose the construction of a barge facility on the Ohio River which would accept fracking waste in neighboring Meigs County. GreenHunter Water, a Texas company, is seeking approval by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build a barge facility in […]

Trans Canada proposes natural gas pipeline through Morrow County
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Trans Canada proposes natural gas pipeline through Morrow County

MORROW COUNTY — “Trans Canada is evaluating the possibility of developing a new natural gas pipeline on its ANR system through Morrow County. This possibility brought Trans Canada representative Peter Jaskoski to meet with Morrow County Commissioners on Wednesday July 16, 2014. In a handout provided to the commissioners by Jaskoski, […]

Auditor general criticizes DEP oversight of shale gas industry
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Auditor general criticizes DEP oversight of shale gas industry

HARRISBURG, PA — “State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale issued a withering review Tuesday of the Department of Environmental Protection‘‍s oversight of the shale gas industry and the regulatory agency’‍s practices for responding to citizens’‍ complaints that drilling has affected their drinking water. The long-promised performance audit details the agency’‍s shortcomings, including […]

Figure 2 - Ohio’s injection wells – image credit: Fractracker.org
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Injection wells – What’s the problem?

What is brine, what is an injection well? Horizontal hydraulic fracturing, now being used in Ohio to extract oil and gas, is an invasive industrial process that fractures rocks deep underground. The oil and gas that comes up is millions of years old, and is thought to be the heated, […]

AEP Ohio says it will maintain its energy-efficiency programs despite a new state law easing requirements. One way AEP encourages savings is paying a bounty for old, less-efficient refrigerators.
AEP / Energy

AEP keeping it ‘green’

Most investor-owned utilities in Ohio don’t plan any changes to energy-efficiency programs despite new law COLUMBUS — “‘Green’-energy efforts in Ohio might not be in suspended animation after all. All but one of Ohio’s regulated electricity utilities plan to continue with their green-energy programs despite a new state law that […]

Halliburton takes 5 days to provide chemical information at Ohio fracking explosion that killed 70,000 fish
Hydraulic Fracturing

Halliburton takes 5 days to provide chemical information at Ohio fracking explosion that killed 70,000 fish

WASHINGTON, DC — “With so many troubling aspects of this disaster, we hope that important lessons are learned regarding the safeguards and regulations that need to be in place to reduce the risks of fracking to human health and the environment, including: Public disclosure of fracking chemicals before fracking is allowed to […]

Cleanup of Dan River ash sparks backlash
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Cleanup of Dan River ash sparks backlash

CHARLOTTE, NC — “Most of the Duke Energy coal ash that spilled into the Dan River in February will stay there, creating a rift between regulators and river advocates over the cleanup. Duke said this week that contractors have finished dredging the largest of the deposits, 2,500 tons of ash […]

This oil and gas well is in North Royalton, which is also fighting against oil and gas drilling, as least in residential areas. Photo provided by Pete Maizitis.
Hydraulic Fracturing

Two drilling companies sue Broadview Heights over ban on oil and gas wells

BROADVIEW HTS — “Two drilling companies with natural gas and oil wells in Broadview Heights have sued the city over its prohibition against future wells. Bass Energy Co. Inc., of Fairlawn, and Ohio Valley Energy, of Austintown, said the state of Ohio, not Broadview Heights, has sole authority to permit or […]