Ohio Governor John Kasich’s plan to increase the severance tax is getting some support from an unlikely source


Several anti-fracking measures were on local ballots Tuesday.


Activists in Columbus are trying to stop fracking and fracking waste with a measure they hope to get onto the May ballot.

400 homes in Jefferson County were evacuated after a nearby fracking operation sprung a leak and began shooting invisible gaseous discharge into the air. 

Groundwater pollution has been at the heart of the debate over fracking. Now, a study led by an Ohio State University researcher offers some insights about the risk. 

Few Ohioans Purchasing Earthquake Insurance

Sep 18, 2014

Several Ohio Earthquakes have been linked to fracking, but Ohioans so far have mostly passed on purchasing earthquake insurance.


The Coshocton man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on anti-fracking billboards near two wells for fracking waste disposal says the messages are coming down.

State regulators in Ohio have suspended operations at two deep injection wells for fracking wastewater in northeast Ohio after discovering possible evidence the operation caused a 2.1-magnitude earthquake on Sunday. 


Activists in Columbus are trying to stop fracking and fracking waste with a local ballot issue.

Sunday Earthquake May Be Linked To Fracking

Sep 4, 2014

State regulators and independent scientists are working to determine whether an earthquake in Weathersfield on Sunday has any connection to nearby fracking wells.

Brine Company Sues Over Anti-Fracking Billboard

Aug 20, 2014

An eastern Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards opposing a deep-injection well is facing a legal threat from the well's Texas operator.   

ODNR Says Shale Drilling Industry Coming Of Age

Jul 2, 2014

The natural gas boom is still pushing an industry that’s growing in Ohio -- not only attracting oil and gas companies but other businesses that benefit from shale production.

Group Revives Debate Over ODNR Fracking Strategy

Jun 20, 2014

An environmental group is rekindling debate over the controversial communications strategy the state crafted with oil and gas drillers about fracking on on state-owned land.

Ohio Studying Fracking-Related Earthquakes

Jun 12, 2014

Ohio is leading a group of drilling states working with seismology experts at energy companies, government agencies and universities on how best to detect and regulate human-induced earthquakes.

Ohio House Approves Severance Tax Bill

May 15, 2014

The Ohio House has approved legislation raising the severance tax on oil and gas drilling.

New Severance/Fracking Tax Bill Passes House Committee

May 14, 2014

A compromise proposal on a tax increase for oil and natural gas drillers is on its way to the Ohio House floor. 

Driller Causes Fracking Liquid Spill In Morgan County

May 8, 2014

State and federal authorities are searching for the cause of a spill of hundreds of barrels of fracking waste at a site in Morgan County last Sunday night.

BP is ceasing operations in the state’s Utica Shale. 

State Links Earthquakes, Fracking

Apr 12, 2014

State geologists believe they have for the first time linked earthquake activity in the Utica shale formation to fracking, and the state says it is issuing new permit conditions in seismic-sensitive areas.

A former Youngstown wastewater-company executive has pleaded guilty to federal Clean Water Act violations in the dumping of thousands of gallons of fracking wastewater into that city's storm sewer system.

A national expert believes fracking is behind a recent string of earthquakes in northeast Ohio. 

A fifth minor earthquake has been recorded in an area of northeastern Ohio where state regulators have ordered a gas drilling company to halt operations. 

State regulators ordered a gas drilling company to halt operations today after four minor earthquakes shook an area 20 miles south east of Youngstown.

SUPCO Hears Natural Gas Drilling Case

Feb 27, 2014

Ohio Supreme Court justices yesterday vigorously challenged attorneys over the power of state oil and gas drilling regulations to supersede local zoning laws  in a case brought by the Akron suburb of Munroe Falls against Beck Energy.

An Ohio University survey shows a majority of leaders and officials in 17 counties where shale development is occurring say it’s good for their communities.

Lawmakers Targeted In ODNR Communications Plan Respond

Feb 18, 2014

Two state lawmakers were listed as adversaries in a state agency’s plan to promote drilling in state parks. 

An environmental group has discovered a controversial plan by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to tackle oil and gas drilling issues.

The former senior official of a Youngstown wastewater company charged with violating the federal Clean Water Act goes on trial April 8th.

The company proposing to put a second fracking wastewater well in the Athens County community of Troy Township will make its case to the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission.

Ohio energy companies extracted more than twice as much oil and gas from the Utica shale during three months last year than all of 2012.