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Gas Company Sues Tiny Ohio Town for Its Water–So It Can Pollute What’s Left

The Slope Creek Reservoir in Barnesville, Ohio, provides water for at least two oil and gas companies.

The Slope Creek Reservoir in Barnesville, Ohio, provides water for at least two oil and gas companies/Photo courtesy of Concerned Barnesville Area Residents

By Samantha Page, ThinkProgress

A tiny town in eastern Ohio is being sued by an Oklahoma-based oil and gas company that bought more than 180 million gallons of water from the town last year. That water use, combined with a dry fall, prompted the village to temporarily shut off water to Gulfport Energy. Now, a second company has a water agreement, and there might not be enough water to go around. Continue reading Gas Company Sues Tiny Ohio Town for Its Water–So It Can Pollute What’s Left

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Environmental Groups Unify to Challenge FERC Pipeline Projects

Groups claim federal agency facilitates fracking for shale gas
ferc face the families
Photo by Erik McGregor

By Michael M. Barrick, Appalachian Chronicle

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC) and three other environmental groups based in other Appalachian states have joined forces to challenge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for not properly informing the public regarding the construction of proposed natural gas pipelines throughout the region.

The alliance includes: Huntington-based OVEC; the Allegheny Defense Project in Pennsylvania; the FreshWater Accountability Project in Ohio; and, Virginia-based Wild Virginia. Continue reading Environmental Groups Unify to Challenge FERC Pipeline Projects

Another Bid for Local Control Over Fracking Is Thwarted

But plurality decision in Ohio provides guidance to towns to try zoning, rather than permitting, to control oil and gas development.
An anti-fracking rally in Chardon, Ohio. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled that neighboring Monroe does not have the authority to regulate the permitting of oil-and-gas wells within its borders. Credit: Bill Baker, flickr

By Zahra Hirji, InsideClimate News

Munroe Falls became the nation’s latest community to lose a protracted legal battle over local control of oil-and-gas drilling, as the result of a recent Ohio Supreme Court ruling.

But there’s a silver lining: Buried in the 31-page court decision is guidance for Munroe Falls and other Ohio towns trying to flex some muscle over the industry in the future.

On Tuesday, Feb. 17, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that Munroe Falls lacks the authority to regulate permitting, location and spacing of oil-and-gas wells and related development. Continue reading Another Bid for Local Control Over Fracking Is Thwarted

Plans Progress to Ship Fracking Wastewater via Barge in Ohio River

By Sharon Kelly, DeSmogBlog

A major dispute is brewing over transporting wastewater from shale gas wells by barge in the Ohio River, the source of drinking water for millions of Americans.

On January 26, GreenHunter Water announced that it had been granted approval by the U.S. Coast Guard to haul tens of thousands of barrels from its shipping terminal and 70,000-barrel wastewater storage facility on the Ohio River in New Matamoras, Ohio. Continue reading Plans Progress to Ship Fracking Wastewater via Barge in Ohio River

Drones Could Be Used to Monitor Fracking Infrastructure

Surveillance drone in action.
Surveillance drone in action.

By Tom Knox, Columbus Business First

Drones could soon be buzzing over oil and gas infrastructure in eastern Ohio as engineering firms eye the devices as a cost-saving way to better survey massive developments.

The use of drones – small, unmanned aerial vehicles that are increasingly finding business uses – is already happening in the Utica shale play, but it’s nascent. Uses range from flying over new and existing pipelines for maintenance to reviewing large projects that a potential buyer wants to ensure are in solid shape. Drones could be cheaper than manned airplanes and record better images from multiple angles. Continue reading Drones Could Be Used to Monitor Fracking Infrastructure

Bad News On Fracking: Ohio Court Says Local Bans Not Allowed

By Bob Downing, www.ohio.com

By a 4-3 vote, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that local drilling and zoning ordinances in Munroe Falls cannot be enforced because they conflict with the state law regulating oil and natural gas wells.

The decision takes local control of drilling away from communities and supports the state as the continued main overseer of drilling.

The court ruled that a Munroe Falls’ zoning ordinance and four local laws governing oil and gas drilling are not an appropriate exercise of the city’s home rule powers. Continue reading Bad News On Fracking: Ohio Court Says Local Bans Not Allowed

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There is currently a fragile moratorium on fracking in Maryland. Although the Democratic candidate for governor, Anthony Brown, expressed his support for fracking and would have followed his party in this regard, he likely would have obtained some political cover before abolishing the moratorium. With the new governor, however, we’ll see the moratorium swept away as soon as he can manage it.

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wendy lynne lee photo of trio Penni Laine, Maggie Henry, and Alex Lotorto from Pennsylvania help block FERC entrances to protest the agency’s approval of infrastructure for fracked gas. //photo by Wendy Lynne Lee

In Western Maryland last week, the Marcellus Shale advisory commission and state officials scrambled to finish reviewing three years of studies on whether to proceed with fracking in Maryland.

The election the night before, though, shifted the landscape utterly. The few commissioners who have consistently raised concerns about fracking in Maryland recognized that whatever safeguards were in the works, insufficient though they might be, could be dismissed by the newly elected governor, Republican Larry Hogan. What the science was starting to show about the health, economic and environmental hazards for the many could be ignored for quick profit for a few.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the state and in Washington, DC, a week of peaceful and bold protests was under way, showing what…

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