As the debate over fracking and raising the state severance tax continues, campaign finance reports show oil and gas companies have poured money into Republican legislative campaign coffers over the last few years.

Feds To Allow Fracking In State Forest

Jul 30, 2013

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management wants to open more than 45-hundred acres of the Blue Rock State Forest in Muskingum County to fracking.

The U.S. EPA is investigating the cause of a January chemical emergency at an Auglaize County well facility and asking why an inventory of the facility's chemicals wasn't available to local safety authorities.

Lawmaker Proposes Severance Tax Increase

Jun 20, 2013

A few months after Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich proposed raising the severance tax on oil and natural gas drillers, a Democratic state lawmaker is making a similar proposal.

Fracking Wastewater Dumped In Eastern Ohio

Jun 6, 2013

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says a company has been cited for illegally dumping brine waste from fracking in eastern Ohio.

Fracking Well Operator Asks State To Restore Permit

May 24, 2013

A Youngstown injection well operator whose former officer faces federal charges of illegally dumping fracking wastewater into a storm sewer is asking a state panel to overturn an order revoking its permit.

Youngstown Fracking Ban Goes Before Voters Today

May 7, 2013

Voters in Youngstown today will decide whether to ban fracking in a city where disposal of fracking wastewater led to earthquakes and groundwater contamination.

A decision from the U.S. Coast Guard is pending on whether to allow toxic waste from fracking on the Ohio River.

Controversial Coalition Touts Fracking Consensus; Faces Critics

Mar 28, 2013

For the past week, a new coalition of environmentalists, energy companies, drillers, and philanthropic groups has been touting itself as a breakthrough….in forging agreement over the controversial natural gas drilling technique called fracking.

A Youngstown business, its owner and an employee have been indicted on charges of violating the Clean Water Act by repeatedly dumping fracking wastewater into a storm sewer in January.

Youngstown Residents To Vote On Fracking

Feb 21, 2013

Youngstown City Council last night approved placing an anti-fracking amendment on the May 7th ballot.

Fracking Wastewater Dumping Prompts Federal Charges

Feb 15, 2013

Prosecutors are charging a northeast Ohio man with violating the federal Clean Water Act, saying he told an employee to dump fracking wastewater into a storm sewer.

State Issues Report On Fracking

Feb 12, 2013

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has issued the first of what promises to be a series of quarterly reports on the growth of fracking.

Radioactive waste from oil and gas drilling would face new testing, reporting and tracking requirements before going to landfills under a proposal included in Governor John Kasich's state budget plan.

State Takes Action In Fracking Wastewater Case

Feb 8, 2013

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has permanently revoked the operating permits of two companies being investigated for the illegal dumping of up to 20-thousand gallons of fracking wastewater down a Youngstown municipal storm drain.

Documents show employees of D&L Energy Group company were directed to dump up to 20-thousand gallons of fracking wastewater down a storm drain in Youngstown last week.

Drillers Lobby Lawmakers

Jan 24, 2013

Workers, employers and lobbyists for Ohio's growing oil and gas industry showed up at the Statehouse Wednesday to tout the industry's economic benefits.

Fracking Wastewater On Ohio River

Jan 15, 2013

A Texas-based company wants to use river barges to move its potentially toxic wastewater in Ohio, but federal officials must first decide whether it's safe.

Fracking And Water Quality

Jan 11, 2013

Ohio has a long history of drilling in shallow, vertical oil and gas wells.

Carolyn and John argue  about what the frack is going on with the movie's plot.

Promised Land

Jan 2, 2013

"What the frack!"

100 protesters were escorted from a public forum in Athens last night over a fracking wasetwater disposal well.

More Fracking Disposal Well Permits Approved

Nov 20, 2012

State regulators have approved permits for new wells for dumping fracking wastewater.

The Youngstown city council voted Wednesday to seek offers to lease city-owned land for gas and oil drilling despite some heated opposition.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has paid nearly 9-thousand dollars to the Sierra Club to settle a public records lawsuit.

Ohio Republicans think they can win at the ballot box this November with a message focused on increasing oil and gas drilling. They got some training at the party's convention in Tampa on how to spread that message. ML Schultze of member station WKSU in Kent reports. 

The U.S. Forest Service says it will allow fracking in the Wayne National forest. Spokesperson Anne Carey says a land and resource management plan drafted in 2006 can adequately address any damage and risks to the forest. She also says a new environmental impact study is not needed despite evidence that fracking contaminates water supplies. The service began reviewing the drilling technology and the plan after local governments and environmental groups objected to the proposed leasing of more than 3-thousand acres of mineral rights for oil and gas drilling.

An Athens County woman has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge

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

Ohio's oil and gas industry says the policy debate over fracking will likely continue even with the new drilling rules signed this week by governor John Kasich. The governor still wants to impose a severance tax on the industry to fund an income tax cut. Majority Republicans in the state legislature removed that plan from Kasich's budget bill, but the governor is convinced it will happen.