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Brine Company Sues Over Anti-Fracking Billboard

Aug 20, 2014

An eastern Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards opposing a deep-injection well is facing a legal threat from the well's Texas operator.   

ODNR Says Shale Drilling Industry Coming Of Age

Jul 2, 2014

The natural gas boom is still pushing an industry that’s growing in Ohio -- not only attracting oil and gas companies but other businesses that benefit from shale production.

Group Revives Debate Over ODNR Fracking Strategy

Jun 20, 2014

An environmental group is rekindling debate over the controversial communications strategy the state crafted with oil and gas drillers about fracking on on state-owned land.

Ohio Studying Fracking-Related Earthquakes

Jun 12, 2014
hatchmag.com

Ohio is leading a group of drilling states working with seismology experts at energy companies, government agencies and universities on how best to detect and regulate human-induced earthquakes.

Ohio House Approves Severance Tax Bill

May 15, 2014
smithsonianmag.com

The Ohio House has approved legislation raising the severance tax on oil and gas drilling.

New Severance/Fracking Tax Bill Passes House Committee

May 14, 2014

A compromise proposal on a tax increase for oil and natural gas drillers is on its way to the Ohio House floor. 

Driller Causes Fracking Liquid Spill In Morgan County

May 8, 2014

State and federal authorities are searching for the cause of a spill of hundreds of barrels of fracking waste at a site in Morgan County last Sunday night.

BP is ceasing operations in the state’s Utica Shale. 

State Links Earthquakes, Fracking

Apr 12, 2014
hatmag.com

State geologists believe they have for the first time linked earthquake activity in the Utica shale formation to fracking, and the state says it is issuing new permit conditions in seismic-sensitive areas.

A former Youngstown wastewater-company executive has pleaded guilty to federal Clean Water Act violations in the dumping of thousands of gallons of fracking wastewater into that city's storm sewer system.

A national expert believes fracking is behind a recent string of earthquakes in northeast Ohio. 

A fifth minor earthquake has been recorded in an area of northeastern Ohio where state regulators have ordered a gas drilling company to halt operations. 

State regulators ordered a gas drilling company to halt operations today after four minor earthquakes shook an area 20 miles south east of Youngstown.

SUPCO Hears Natural Gas Drilling Case

Feb 27, 2014

Ohio Supreme Court justices yesterday vigorously challenged attorneys over the power of state oil and gas drilling regulations to supersede local zoning laws  in a case brought by the Akron suburb of Munroe Falls against Beck Energy.

An Ohio University survey shows a majority of leaders and officials in 17 counties where shale development is occurring say it’s good for their communities.

Lawmakers Targeted In ODNR Communications Plan Respond

Feb 18, 2014

Two state lawmakers were listed as adversaries in a state agency’s plan to promote drilling in state parks. 

An environmental group has discovered a controversial plan by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to tackle oil and gas drilling issues.

The former senior official of a Youngstown wastewater company charged with violating the federal Clean Water Act goes on trial April 8th.

The company proposing to put a second fracking wastewater well in the Athens County community of Troy Township will make its case to the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission.

Ohio energy companies extracted more than twice as much oil and gas from the Utica shale during three months last year than all of 2012.

Shale Drilling Permits For 2013 Surpasses Expectations

Dec 16, 2013

2013 saw more than twice as many drilling permits issued for the Utica Shale than first expected.

Compromise Bill Raises Tax On Oil And Gas Drillers

Dec 5, 2013

Ohio's oil and gas industry says it supports newly introduced severance tax changes that include a rate hike on wells in a compromise struck with the Ohio House.

Athens Opposes Fracking Well

Dec 5, 2013

Athens City Council is now the second public body to oppose hosting a proposed fracking injection well.

Voters in Defiance and Cleveland Heights approved ballot resolutions Tuesday seeking to curb the power of corporations in government and elections.

A study of government records quantifies the environmental damage caused by fracking.

Drillers Must Report Fracking Chemicals

Oct 1, 2013

Ohio Department of Natural Resources officials are advising oil and gas companies to share information on the toxic chemicals they use in fracking with local authorities, including first responders.

Proposal Requires Lobbyists To Disclose Salaries

Sep 24, 2013

An Ohio House Democrat wants to require lobbyists to disclose their annual salaries to bring another level of transparency to state government.

Study Links Donations To State Oil And Gas Policy

Sep 19, 2013

A new study by Common Cause shows Statehouse Republicans benefit from campaign donations made by the oil and gas industry.

Study Touts Economic Benefits Of Fracking

Aug 23, 2013

A new Cleveland State University study shows fracking in the Marcellus Shale region this year has provided an economic boost for several Ohio counties.

A report by environmentalists raises questions about a little-examined aspect of the fracking debate.

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