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Ohio Utica Shale

Congressional hearing in Steubenville boosts drilling

By Bob Downing Published: February 27, 2012

Opponents of natural gas production by hydraulic fracturing or fracking clashed with U.S. House Republicans at a hearing today in Ohio aimed to promote the economic benefits of the extraction process.

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, told the House Natural Resources Committee's Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources that drilling for natural gas in Ohio and other states could create 200,000 jobs at the hearing in Steubenville.

Opponents like Annie Lukins, 21, of Cleveland, said crews traveling with the companies will get the jobs, not locals. She said she supports a ban on fracking. She made her comments after being asked to leave the meeting for interrupting with anti-fracking comments.

The hearing focused largely on the potential financial impacts from developing the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania and perhaps New York, plus the Utica shale in eastern Ohio.

The meeting was chaired by U.S. Rep. Doug Lanborn, R-Colo.

An Ohio State University studied indicated that drilling into the Utica shale might produce 20,000 new jobs, less than pro-industry groups have said.

Republicans have expressed concern that new restrictions on drilling on federal lands proposed by the Obama Administration could hurt shale development.




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Utica and Marcellus shale web sites

Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management State agency Web site.

ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management. State drilling permits. List is updated weekly.

ODNR Division of Geological Survey.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Ohio State University Extension.

Ohio Farm Bureau.

Ohio Oil and Gas Association, a Granville-based group that represents 1,500 Ohio energy-related companies.

Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program.

Energy In Depth, a trade group.

Marcellus and Utica Shale Resource Center by Ohio law firm Bricker & Eckler.

Utica Shale, a compilation of Utica shale activities.

Landman Report Card, a site that looks at companies involved in gas and oil leases.FracFocus, a compilation of chemicals used in fracking individual wells as reported voluntarily by some drillers.

Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.

Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.

Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.

National Geographic's The Great Shale Rush.

The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.

Buckeye Forest Council.

Earthjustice, a national eco-group.

Stop Fracking Ohio.

People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.

Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.

No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.

Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.

Penn State Marcellus Center.

Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.

Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.