From ProPublica today:
In Fracking Hotbed, a Muted Approach to Regulation
Last year, Ohio legislators had an opportunity to better monitor the state's vast amounts of toxic fracking material, much of it brought into Ohio from neighboring states. However, despite calls to require rigorous testing for contamination, Gov. John Kasich and the state legislature signed off on measures that require just a fraction of the waste to be subjected to such oversight, ProPublica's Naveena Sadasivam reports.
Environmentalists claim the modest move is colored by the state's interest in promoting fracking. Oil and gas drilling is big business in Ohio, responsible for tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investments, Sadasivam writes. And being able to easily dump fracking waste within Ohio spares drilling operators one of their greatest expenses -- trucking the waste elsewhere.
Key takeaways from Sadasivam's report:
Read her full report here - http://www.propublica.org/article/in-fracking-hotbed-a-muted-approach-to-regulation. It's free to reprint under ProPublica's Creative Commons license.
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.