It’s official: Utica Shale Academy to expand to Columbiana

May 23, 2015 By KATIE WHITE Shale Play COLUMBIANA, Ohio — The Utica Shale Academy is expanding, and beginning this fall high school-aged students will be able to enroll at a satellite location within the... more »»

Drilling fluid spill stretches 27 miles along Ohio 164

May 18, 2015 By STEVE RAPPACH Shale Play SALINEVILLE, Ohio — Traffic along Ohio 644 and 39 was closed for nearly five hours April 23 after a truck leaked shale oil throughout Carroll and Columbiana counties. more »»

Franklin Township ends RUMA with Chesapeake

May 17, 2015 By STEVE RAPPACH Shale Play SUMMITVILLE, Ohio — The current state of two Franklin Township roads along with an oil and gas company’s refusal to cooperate has prompted trustees to sever its road use... more »»

Drillers still taking water from Ohio Creeks

May 15, 2015 By CASEY JUNKINS Shale Play GLENCOE, Ohio — XTO Energy stopped drawing frack water from McMahon Creek in Belmont County in December, but the company is one of several Utica and Marcellus shale... more »»

Drilling permits continue to decline

May 15, 2015 By LARRY SHIELDS Shale Play SALEM, Ohio — Oil and gas permitting activity in the Utica/Point Pleasant shale play has dropped off considerably and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources reported... more »»

Groups ask for federal review of Ohio injection-well program

May 12, 2015 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A coalition of environmental and community groups asked a federal watchdog office on Wednesday to investigate alleged legal violations by the state's injection well approval... more »»

Martins Ferry Landowner Not Sure About ‘Market Enhancement Clause’

May 9, 2015 MARTINS FERRY - Bill Edge said brokers representing natural gas drillers are using a "pressure tactic" to get him to sign a contract with a market enhancement clause, which he believes will reduce... more »»

Natural gas industry reshaping former Yorkville Mill

May 7, 2015 Changes are emerging daily at the long-quiet former steel mill site on the edge of the Ohio River that for more than a century served as a member of the international steel community. more »»

Tensions rise over proposed pipeline in northeast Ohio

May 5, 2015 MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — Tensions surrounding a proposed underground pipeline are rising after property owners were told that surveyors for the project may enter their property without permission,... more »»

St. C. Oil and Gas Expo Highlights Industry

May 1, 2015 In 2009, unemployment in Belmont County was at 13 percent, and cuts at the county level were on the table. more »»

Ethane Cracker Plant in Belmont County Would Add Pollution to Ohio Valley

April 30, 2015 SHADYSIDE - Air quality permits for proposed ethane cracker projects in Pennsylvania and West Virginia show they will bring carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, ammonia, xylene and benzene, along with... more »»

FirstEnergy: Talks Of Sale of Burger Plant Are Premature

April 30, 2015 SHADYSIDE - FirstEnergy Corp. can still generate up to seven megawatts of electricity at the R.. more »»

Swiss firm to build gas-fired power plant in eastern Ohio

April 13, 2015 CARROLLTON, Ohio (AP) — A Swiss company says it's planning to use natural gas from the Utica shale formation to fuel an $899 million power plant that will be built in eastern Ohio's Carroll Count. more »»

Shale Money Is Reinvested In Belmont County

April 12, 2015 ST. CLAIRSVILLE - A small group of Belmont County residents who are benefiting from the shale boom want to ensure their neighbors also reap the benefits for generations to come. more »»

Barnesville Hiring Outside Counsel in Lawsuit Against Gulfport Energy

April 6, 2015 BARNESVILLE - Even if village officials successfully debunk Gulfport Energy's claim of holding specific rights for drawing water from the Slope Creek Reservoir for nearby fracking, the litigation... more »»

‘Nuisance Oil’ Term in Contract Annoys Belmont County Landowner

April 4, 2015 BELLAIRE - Curtis Wallner is not sure what "nuisance oil" extracted via fracking is. more »»

Ohio Shuts Down Jefferson County Frack Recycling Facility

March 28, 2015 HAMMONDSVILLE - After Jefferson County residents and environmental advocates filed numerous complaints with the state Department of Natural Resources about a fracking fluid recycling facility along... more »»

New Belmont County Span a Bridge Too Far for Citizens

March 28, 2015 Belmont County resident Robert Blazek believes a bridge project in Pultney Township will only serve two people while other roads and bridges throughout the county fall into disrepair. more »»

Ohio Valley Residents Now Selling Mineral Rights

March 24, 2015 WHEELING - It appears as if a slight shift is taking place in the local gas leasing rush, as at least one firm is now purchasing entire mineral tracts from Upper Ohio Valley property owners instead... more »»

Natural Gas Driller Gulfport Sues Ohio Village To Use Water

March 19, 2015 BARNESVILLE - Citing a potential loss of "millions of dollars," Marcellus and Utica shale driller Gulfport Energy is suing the village of Barnesville for the right to draw water from the Slope Creek... more »»



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