Voters Approve 1 Out of 4 Ohio Fracking Bans

In Ohio, four ballot measures to ban fracking were decided upon by voters last night in Youngstown, Gates Mills, Athens and Kent. All the measures were rejected with the exception of Athens. The margins of each vote are as follows: Athens – Passed, 78% to 22% Youngstown – Failed, 58% to 42% Gates Mills –… More »

Study: Dangerous Chemical Levels Found Near Fracking Sites

A study published on Thursday concluded that air tests conducted near natural gas wells in five states showed dangerous levels of carcinogenic chemicals, including benzene and formaldehyde. US News reports that “Eight poisonous chemicals were found near wells and fracking sites in Arkansas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wyoming at levels that far exceeded recommended federal… More »

Ohio Well Ruptures Week Before Voters Decide Fracking Fate

A fracking well in Bloomingdale, Ohio ruptured early last week, forcing about 400 families to evacuate their homes until air tests around the well were completed. The well is run by a subsidiary of American Energy Partners, who brought in Halliburton-owned emergency team to shut down the well and prevent gas leaks. As of October… More »

Seismic Activity Remains a Primary Concern for Ohio

Members of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission met in Columbus on October 21 to discuss the impact of seismic activity on the future of the oil and gas industry. Columbus Business First reports that “Regulators and industry reps at the meeting [said] there’s a need to dispel what they say is the myth… More »