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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.