The Vermont House of Representatives voted 103-36 on May 4 to give final passage to legislation that will make Vermont the first state in the nation to ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.
Read the media release in it’s entirety here.
“Five bills have been proposed relative to moratorium and regulations of the growing drilling industry in Ohio, yet we cannot get hearings on any of the bills. Bills proposed need to be heard now. We need to let the Speaker of the Ohio House the Pres. of Ohio Senate know we want hearings.”
Representative Bob Hagan has created a petition online to be delivered to The Ohio State House, The Ohio State Senate, and Governor John Kasich to demand an immediate hearing on horizontal hydraulic fracturing.
Check out the petition and sign it today!
Chesapeake Is Shifting Focus Away From Pa.
“As one travels westward into Ohio, the more likely drillers are to locate oil, as Buckeye State industry leaders estimate the state’s portion of the Utica Shale to contain as many as 5.5 billion barrels of oil. Chesapeake is among several companies – including Exxon Mobil via subsidiary XTO Energy and New York City-based Hess Corp. – hoping to strike oil while drilling in Ohio.” The Intelligencer: Wheeling News-Register.
Poll: 40 Percent of Voters Unfamiliar with Fracking
“In the first statewide poll on hydro-fracking, about 59 percent said they’ve heard of or read about the method. Meanwhile, about 72 percent of the same participants said hydro-fracking should be halted until it’s studied further.” WKBN
Ohio voters want fracking halted for safety studies: poll
“Seventy-two percent of voters polled said there should be a halt in hydraulic fracturing, or simply fracking, in Ohio until more was known about the impact of the process, Quinnipiac found.” Reuters
Ohio House candidates talk about fracking
“Phillips said Wednesday that land and mineral owners have property rights, and historically this region has seen its share of oil and gas drilling. ‘I think that this method raises a lot of questions and a lot of serious concerns, and I share a lot of those concerns,” she said. “Big picture, I think our region has seen a lot of boom-and-bust cycles in the past.'” Athens News
Letter to the Editor
Now’s the time to join the crusade against hydraulic fracturing here
“If you’ve been considering contacting your elected officials or getting involved in general, now is the time! Groups all across Ohio are joining efforts to protect our communities. Last Tuesday was a great example. Hundreds of concerned citizens stood in front of the Ohio Statehouse, asking our officials to no longer allow industry to pollute and exploit our world. BUT there is need for many more voices; in fact, it is time for ALL concerned people to stand up for all generations and the resources that we all share.” Athens News
For the sake of all we hold dear, ban fracking now
“I’d like to go a bit further and say this: Jumping on the fracking bandwagon is at best shortsighted and at worst pernicious. Economic development models based on resource extraction simply don’t work. They produce a short-term boom that benefits a few outside investors at great cost to local residents and small businesses and to our community’s long-term health and well-being.” Athens News
Advocacy groups band together to fight fracking
“A local group hosted a meeting Sunday afternoon at the Athens Community Center designed to organize the region’s resistance to hydraulic fracturing. Athens Fracking Information Group, an organization opposing fracking, arranged the meeting, which involved networking and planning among almost 100 people from groups that have fought against fracking entering the county.”
Chesapeake Energy signs joint venture with Total for Ohio’s Utica shale
“Chesapeake Energy Corp. says it has started a joint venture with a unit of French energy company Total SA for oil drilling in Ohio’s Utica Shale.”
Clock on local fracking decisions ticking down
“Possible candidates for joint venture partners may include Chesapeake Energy, a big Oklahoma-based corporation that has recently announced it is moving into Ohio “liquid-gas” shale drilling in a big way in partnership with a French firm; or Anadarko Petroleum, another big energy company based in Texas. Anadarko, with wells about 40 miles northeast of Athens, has the closest oil and gas horizontal “fracking” operations to our area.”
Expert: Wastewater Well in Ohio Triggered Quakes
“After the latest and largest quake Saturday at 4.0 magnitude, state officials announced their beliefs that injecting wastewater near a fault line had created enough pressure to cause seismic activity. They said four inactive wells within a five-mile radius of the Youngstown well would remain closed. “
Study doubts shale gas to be job gusher
“The study released yesterday predicts that the boom in drilling will lead to 20,000 new jobs over the next several years, far fewer than the 200,000 that the industry has predicted will come from drilling in shale formations for oil and gas. The 20,000 jobs would be those created both directly and indirectly from drilling.”
Athens City Council vows to do all it can to protect public from fracking
“On Monday, Council unanimously passed a one-reading resolution that states while Ohio law gives all oil and gas drilling permitting authority to the state, the city is required by law to protect the health and safety of its citizens from pollution of their water supply.”