From the ShaleOhio blog by the Columbus law firm of Bricker & Eckler LLP:
Three bills that haven’t received much attention since being introduced in the spring before the Ohio General Assembly were discussed at length during a meeting of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee last week.
The Truth in Leasing Act (H.B. 493), which covers fracturing fluid disclosure requirements, minimum royalty rates, contamination notification requirements, well location requirements, landman regulations and groundwater testing requirements, was discussed along with both H.B. 537 (which aims to grant political subdivisions the authority to regulate oil and gas wells and production operations, and establish setback requirements for wells and other equipment), and H.B. 528 (which would provide monthly oil and gas production statements to lessors and establish audit requirements).
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.