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Gas Well Blowout Worries Eastern Ohio Residents

The Utica Shale extends through much of eastern Ohio
October 31, 2014

The quick response of a Texas firm stopped a dangerous leak at a natural gas well in eastern Ohio Wednesday morning

Firefighters Contain State Park Blaze

Fire officials say the blaze came within about 100 feet of several homes but none was damaged, and no one was hurt.
April 2, 2014

The fire was reported Tuesday afternoon near Scioto Trail State Park, roughly 50 miles south of Columbus. There was no word on how the blaze began.

Dems Named In Drilling Memo Call It “Insulting”

Dem. Representative Bob Hagan says he's never seen such a "campaign", while Antonio calls the memo "insulting."
February 19, 2014

The two Democratic state lawmakers listed as adversaries to a state agency’s plan to promote drilling in state parks are speaking out.

Ohio Justices Dismiss Case Against ODNR

The Ohio Supreme Court dismisses a case by the Sierra Club against the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
7, 2014

The Ohio Supreme Court has dismissed an environmental group’s case seeking documents related to alleged illegal dumping of wastewater from oil and gas drilling into a northeast Ohio storm sewer.

Wildlife Officials Hope Bill Helps Fight Invasive Wild Hogs

Wildlife officials say there are likely hundreds of wild or feral hogs around Ohio. The animals are traditionally native to southern states but are increasingly moving north.
November 1, 2013

Wildlife officials say feral hogs are increasing popping up in Ohio and can wreak havoc on agriculture.

Popular Central Ohio Dog Park Checked For Parvovirus

Ohio officials from the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Agriculture checked Alum Creek Dog Park for parvovirus
May 10, 2013

A popular Central Ohio dog park is expected to re-open Friday afternoon. Alum Creek Dog Park was temporarily closed while state officials checked for evidence of canine parvovirus.

ODNR Proposes Changes To Deer Hunting

More than 21,000 deer were killed during Ohio's four-day muzzleloader hunt in January.
7, 2013

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources wants to cut in half the total number of deer a hunter can kill in a year.

Fracking Protesters Up Efforts Against Disposal Wells

Protests like this one have been going on for months in Ohio. Now some protesters are resorting to more drastic means, including chaining themselves to fences at fracking water disposal wells.
19, 2012

Civil disobedience is a tactic that’s starting to be adopted in Ohio by some environmentalists protesting the oil and gas drilling method often called fracking.

Activists Reiterate Concerns About Fracking Waste

One of the many natural gas pumps that have sprung up around Ohio in recent years.
3, 2012

Environmental activists in Athens County say dangerous chemicals are being injected deep into the earth in the Southwest region of the state, and they’re worried that the same thing is happening at dozens of other wells around Ohio.

ODNR Tripling The Number Of Well Inspectors

ODRN is tripling the number of inspectors who monitor well like this one in eastern Ohio.
10, 2012

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources plans to hire an additional 60 inspectors to keep pace with the increase in oil and natural gas drilling around the state.