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.
VIENNA, Ohio - A Maryland man faces two misdemeanor charges after chaining himself to a gate at a northeast Ohio deep-injection well in order to block trucks carrying wastewater from oil and gas drilling.
Vienna police said 22-year-old Ron Shalom of Potomac, Md., was charged Monday with criminal trespassing and obstruction of official business at the Trumbull County well site between Warren and Youngstown. He was among 30 protesters from Frack Free Mahoning and Ohio Fracktion pushing for more stringent testing and monitoring of brine wastewater.
Frack Free Mahoning's Susie Beiersdorfer said environmental advocates want the state to launch its own testing program following a recent spill. A spokesman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, not the state, dictates how such wastewater is disposed.
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.
A list of toxic chemicals used by Ohio shale drillers must be made available locally to governments, first responders and residents under a new state directive.
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.