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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.

Fire Chief: Neighbors Smelled Gas Before Home Explosion

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9:29AM
October
28, 2014

The fire chief in Newark says a neighborhood had a new gas line installed recently and some residents smelled gas in the days before an explosion leveled a two-story home and killed a family’s dog.

Ohio Shale Production Up Ten Fold Since 2012

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Utica production numbers are still far smaller than leading regions such as the Marcellus in Pennsylvania, the Bakken in North Dakota, or the Eagle Ford in Texas.
9:46AM
August
12, 2014

The report from the U.S. Energy information Administration found that production from the Utica region in eastern Ohio increased by more than 10 times over the last two years, from 115 million cubic feet per day in 2012 to an estimated 1.3 billion cubic feet per day by September 2014.

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.

Natural Gas Pipeline Planned For Eastern Ohio

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8:55AM
July
24, 2014

Plans are shaping up for a major pipeline to move natural gas liquids from eastern Ohio to the Gulf Coast.

Infrastructure, Processing Improvements Help Ohio Shale Industry

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The average time it takes to drill a well has been cut in half because companies are more familiar with the territory.
7:23AM
July
3, 2014

State and industry leaders detailed the health of Ohio’s oil and natural gas industries at Wednesday’s annual “State of the Play” conference.

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.

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.

Energy Company Argues State Law Supersedes Local Drilling Rules

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Pro- and anti-drilling forces believe the case could set a national legal precedent on local laws restricting drilling, particularly hydraulic fracturing.
8:46AM
February
26, 2014

Beck Energy Corp. is accused of violating 11 local ordinances when it drilled a well near Akron. But the company says they stayed within state law, which should trump any local ordinances.