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.
Here a collection of recent Ohio news items on Utica shale drilling:
1. A new report by the National Wildlife Federation says that Ohio and Michigan need to strengthen laws on hydraulic fracturing or fracking to protect streams, lakes and wildlife.
"Our analysis shows that Michigan and Ohio are doing some things right, but the states remain vulnerable to risks associated with fracking," said spokeswoman Sara Gosman.
Ohio has toughened its laws, but still needs to do more, she said.
You can read the report at www.nwf.org/greatlakes.
2. Spencer Hunt of the Columbus Dispatch reported that the state of Ohio is considering giving drillers access to water for fracking from state-owned reservoirs, lakes and streams.
The issue has been under discussion since at least April, according to state records.
How much the drillers might pay for water has not been determined.
Nine state parks and two state forests with lakes or central streams are located in a 16-county region of eastern Ohio where drilling interest is highest, Hunt reported.
The state is still attempting to determine how much mineral rights it owns on that land.
The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District approved one water sale to a driller from Clendening Reservoir. It later terminated such sales until the issue can be investigated more.
3. Singer Kenny Loggins is slated to perform at the fourth annual Green Gala sponsored by the Cleveland-based EcoWatch.
The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.
Also appearing will be the Blue Sky Riders.
For more information, go to www.ecowatch.org.
4. The Marcellus Drilling News reports that Anadarko Petroleum Corp. is getting ready to start drilling next month in Ohio's Coshocton County.
Signs are posted in the neighborhood around the site.
The company has permits for three wells int hat county, plus several other wells in other counties.