Activists in Ohio and 11 other states are holding a day of action today to highlight concerns about potential environmental and health effects of fracking.


The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is again considering requests to open Wayne National Forest to oil and gas drilling.

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled an anti-fracking measure in Youngstown must be put back on November ballots.

The Ohio EPA and Department of Natural Resources are fining an international oil and gas company more than 200 thousand dollars for a malfunction and fire at a fracking well in Monroe County in 2014 that killed thousands of fish and forced the temporary evacuation of some residents.

The Republican-controlled Ohio Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit filed by residents of Athens, Fulton and Medina counties challenging Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted's decision to invalidate anti-fracking ballot issues in those counties.

State leaders could be announcing a new agreement that increases the severance tax as soon as the end of the month.

Environmentalists in Fulton, Medina and Athens counties are suing Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted after he invalidated ballot proposals that would ban fracking.

Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has invalidated ballot proposals in Athens, Fulton and Medina counties that would have banned fracking.

A group trying to put an anti-fracking measure on the Columbus ballot failed to collect enough valid petition signatures.


New state rules are now in effect for the construction of oil and gas horizontal well pads and access roads.

More than 100 elected officials in Ohio are asking Governor John Kasich to help restore more local control over fracking activities.


A state appeals court has overturned a nearly half-million-dollar fine against an Ashtabula drilling company.

A community activist group in Broadview Heights that opposes oil and gas wells in residential neighborhoods says it plans to appeal a judge's decision to dismiss its lawsuit.

Activists in Columbus trying to stop fracking and related activities today submitted more than 13 thousand petition signatures to get a ban onto the November ballot.


The Ohio EPA says operators of a fracking waste injection well in Vienna Township where two thousand gallons were spilled in April must submit a cleanup plan by the end of the day today.

An increase in the state's severance tax will not be a part of the two-year state budget. 


A Youngstown company has pleaded guilty to illegally dumping fracking wastewater into a storm sewer 33 times between October 2012 and January 2013. 


Vienna Township residents are waiting to hear from state environmental officials whether their drinking water is safe following a spill of 2 thousand gallons of fracking chemicals at an injection well facility.

Jim Letizia

Plans to allow fracking in state parks appear to be dead for now. 

The state says oil and gas production rose in the fourth quarter.