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Industry: Ohio should not over-regulate drilling

By Bob Downing Published: May 12, 2012

Ohio is poised for an energy boom -- if it adopts public policies to encourage development rather than over-regulate shale gas drilling, the industry's top oil spokesman said in a talk on Friday in Cleveland.

Ohio has "immense opportunities," said Jack Gerard, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute. He called Ohio's Utica shale a "game changer.".

But he cautioned that the state should not go too far in adopting new rules because that would discourage investment by the industry and the job-creating potential of the Utica shale would be lost..

His appearance at the City Club of Cleveland was his second appearance in Ohio in May.

He appeared earlier at an energy conference in Columbus.

His appearance comes as the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Legislature are taking steps to tighten Ohio's rules on hydraulic fracturing or fracking in drilling for natural gas and oil.

You can read the story by the Cleveland Plain Dealer  here.



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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.