Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are among the nation's strictest.
BERLIN, Ohio - Amish communities in Ohio and Pennsylvania are debating a temptation -- the large cash royalties that can come with the boom in oil and gas drilling from the technology known as fracking.
Jerry Schlabach, an Amish resident of Berlin, Ohio, says that just as with any other community big money can bring spiritual corruption. But he believes that if the Amish use the wealth wisely, the drilling boom could be a positive thing.
Historian Donald Kraybill says some Amish accept drilling because they have a strong sense of God's creation, which includes oil and natural gas. He says that if the Amish can find ways to capitalize on such resources, they don't see a problem with that.
Shell, Europe's largest oil company, will stop drilling for oil in Alaska this year as it cuts back on investments and tries to reverse a steep drop in earnings.