Four large oil and natural gas companies are selling off thousands of acres in Eastern Ohio, but that’s not stopping the debate over increasing Ohio’s severance tax on drillers.
The natural gas drilling technique known as fracking has been vilified for the millions of gallons of fresh water it uses, and the amount of waste water it produces. But drilling also generates leftover dirt, rocks, and mud that gets trucked off to landfills.
Some environmentalists, drilling companies, philanthropic groups, and others are touting a compromise on the drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” But some major Ohio environmental groups are unconvinced.
A coalition of environmental and community groups is asking federal regulators to suspend Ohio’s authority to monitor wells that store drilling waste water.
The drilling company that holds the mineral rights to The Wilds animal preserve near Zanesville says it won’t do any deep-shale drilling on the property.
The divide over the governor’s budget goes on in the Republican Party, as the state treasurer has come out against another key provision of John Kasich’s budget.
Authorities said the accident occurred Monday afternoon at a gas drilling rig near Carrolton, southeast of Canton.
Prosecutors are charging a northeast Ohio man with violating the federal Clean Water Act, saying he told an employee to dump gas-drilling wastewater into a drain that empties into the Mahoning River watershed.
A group of Ohio landowners have formed a land conservancy to preserve Ohio land from drilling companies.
State labor officials have released the first official report on Ohio’s growing shale drilling industry.