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Athens Outlaws Fracking, Three Other Bans Fail At Polls

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9:02AM
November 5, 2014

There were four local anti-fracking measures on ballots in eastern Ohio, and the results were mixed.

Study Links Hundreds Of Ohio Quakes To Fracking

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Fracking operations like this one have popped up around Ohio in recent years. A new study suggests links between fracking and small earthquakes in the region.
8:59AM
October
15, 2014

A new study suggests that fracking triggered hundreds of too-small-to-be-felt earthquakes in eastern Ohio late last year, months before the state first linked seismic activity to the oil-and-gas extraction technique.

Steady Oil Prices Prompt More Fracking Activity In Ohio

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The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says it has permitted 17 more horizontally-fracked wells in five eastern counties.
3:57PM
September
30, 2014

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says it has permitted 17 more horizontally-fracked wells in five eastern counties. The state permits allow for more oil and gas development in an area known as the Utica shale.

Shale Boom Brings Jobs, Noisy Neighbors

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At his property line, Frank Brothers holds a sound meter reading 86 decibels. The noise runs 24/7.
9:06AM
September
18, 2014

For many of Ohio’s rural residents, the shale boom has been a godsend of money and jobs. But for some, it’s a constant, deafening headache.

Anti-Fracking Billboards In Ohio Coming Down

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Two billboards in Coshocton, Ohio oppose deep-injection wells. The billboard owners ended the lease on the signage.
12:36PM
September
8, 2014

An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against “poisoned waters” on billboards near two wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater says the messages are coming down.

Kasich Joins Push To Give Fracking Ingredients To First Responders

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Companies are already required to provide a list of the chemicals used at the site. The only chemicals not on the list are those protected by trade rights, which are reported to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
9:23AM
July 28, 2014

Big changes could be coming to Ohio’s fracking regulations in terms of chemical disclosure. It’s a transparency issue environmental groups have been pushing to advance for years, and it appears another step is in the works following a major chemical spill.

Investment In “Midstream” Processing Could Change Gas Industry

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"Midstream" is the processing and refining stage of natural gas.
8:04AM
May
20, 2014

Last week a processor called Access Midstream announced plans for a major expansion of its facility in Harrison County. And experts say investments in that midstream chunk of the business are a key sign of the long-term health of a region’s gas industry.

Ohio Drilling Tax Hike Clears Panel; House To Vote

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An Ohio House committee has approved a 2.5 percent tax hike on oil and gas drillers in Ohio.
2:59PM
May
13, 2014

A state House committee has narrowly approved legislation raising Ohio’s tax on oil and gas drilling despite objections from Democrats and anti-tax Republicans.

Oil Well Spills Into Southeast Ohio Creek

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The leak occurred in Morgan County near the small town of McConnellsville.
9:56AM
May 8, 2014

State and federal teams are still cleaning up after a shale well being drilled for fracking in southeast Ohio began leaking and the oily fluid ran into a nearby creek.

Drilliers, Environmentalists React To New “Fracking” Policy

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Wells like this one where new drilling techniques are used will be regulated under new rules passed by Ohio lawmakers.
8:29AM
April
15, 2014

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is now requiring oil and drilling companies to implement seismic monitoring policies if they want to frack near a fault line or an area known for seismic activity.