Utica shale and fracking news
Utica and Marcellus shale web sitesOhio 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.
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.
- More than 90% of all active oil and gas wells in Ohio go uninspected each year: more than 58,000 wells.
- Companies that are found in violation of regulations are rarely penalized: even as drilling and violations are increasing, penalties are decreasing -- from 55 in penalized violations in 2008 to 29 in 2011.
- Penalties are so weak that it is cheaper for violators to pay the penalty than comply with the law: the total value of financial penalties in Ohio is less than the value of the gas contained in the average Marcellus gas well.
- Increasing inspection/enforcement resources until they meet a systematically and transparently developed minimum;
- Establish binding criteria to ensure enforcement actions and penalties are consistently applied;
- Formalizing the public’s role in enforcement, including sharing information with the public and allowing citizen suits.
Breaking All the Rules: The Crisis in Oil & Gas Regulatory Enforcement (executive summary)Ohio DOGRM: Inadequate enforcement means current Ohio oil and gas development is irresponsible (Summary of Ohio-focused results and recommendations)Breaking All the Rules: The Crisis in Oil & Gas Regulatory Enforcement (full report, 125 pages)