A statement on Youngstown dumping case from Rhonda Reda, executive director of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program:
"We applaud the prompt response by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency in this investigation. Their swift, diligent action is reflective of a strong regulatory system in which irresponsible behavior will not be tolerated, and are measures we fully support in this isolated incident. The simple fact is this: there is no room in Ohio’s oil and natural gas industry for operators whose deliberate actions have placed our environment at risk.
Our industry holds itself to the highest standards as good stewards of the community, and good stewards of the environment. Should the state determine that any operation fails to meet these standards, swift action must be taken. Any findings of criminal misconduct should be prosecuted accordingly.
Again, there is no role for operators who knowingly, and willingly, ignore our regulations to cause harm to our environment in our state’s bright energy future."
- Rhonda Reda, Executive Director, Ohio Oil and Gas Education Program
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.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
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.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.