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Ohio Utica Shale

Industry, eco-groups covertly working on new rules

By Bob Downing Published: March 6, 2012

SNL Energy reports that a coalition of natural gas companies and environmental organizations has for years been working on an agreement on how gas drilling in Ohio's Utica shale and other shale formations should be regulated.

The project started with a goal of creating a model regulatory framework for the construction and operation of gas and oil wells that are hydraulically fractured or fracked and to make the rules as protective as possible.

Thus far, only Southwestern Energy Co. and the Environmental Defense Fund are acknowledging their participation in the project.

Three other gas producers and four other national environmental groups are reportedly involved, too, SNL reports.

Progress has been slow since the groups began meeting in early 2010.

Several states including Ohio have reportedly adopted elements of the proposed rules in tightening up state laws on drilling and fracking.

You can read the SNL account here.

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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.