The Dayton Daily News reports that natural gas trapped in two shale formations beneath Ohio could mean thousands of new jobs, if activity in other states is any indication.
Pennsylvania,which sits on one of the same shale formations as Ohio, saw gas and oil industries hire 72,000 new people from the fourth quarter of 2009 to the first quarter of 2011.
The newspaper reports that a series of announcements in the last week, including $750 million in land leasing by the Hess Corp. for possible drilling, shows that Ohio is on the cusp of an oil and gas boom.
Environmental groups oppose the drilling process, claiming the use of the chemical-laced water to extract gas could permanently harm the environment.
This episode — the Season 6 premiere — aired on Sunday September 11, the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks on the United States. This special episode examined the medical response at Ground Zero, the site of New York City’s World Trade Center.
Featured Guests: Dr. Steven Sampson, who was on his ER medical school rotation in Manhattan on 9/11, and Dr. Jacqueline Moline, who is a leading expert on the physical and mental health of the World Trade Center responders in the decade since September 11, 2001.
Authorities say preliminary numbers show 10 people died in fatal traffic crashes in Ohio over the Labor Day weekend, the fewest number in five years.
The state Department of Public Safety says the number is one fewer than in 2010 and 14 fewer than 2007, when fatalities had reached a five-year high. The data measures traffic crashes over the four-day holiday period ending Monday night.
Data also shows that the number of fatalities that were alcohol-related - three of the 10 - is the fewest in five years.
The state says troopers arrested nearly 700 drivers on charges of driving while intoxicated, an increase of about 14 percent from 2010. Overall traffic enforcement increased about 12 percent, with troopers issuing citations in 27,000 traffic stops.
Ohio troopers warn that they hope Labor Day weekend brings a continuation of two trends: more arrests of impaired drivers and fewer crash deaths.
The State Highway Patrol says that officers will be out in full force over the long holiday period keeping roads safe from drivers who've had too much to drink. Col. John Born, the patrol's superintendent, says in a statement that motorists need to make smart decisions, including designating a sober driver.
The patrol says 11 people died in accidents over last year's Labor Day weekend; six of those crashes were alcohol-related. About 540 drivers were arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence.
Smoking in most public places in Ohio has been banned since May of 2007. That’s when a smokefree act approved by voters was put in place. Now, a new study by the Ohio Department of Health’s shows most people like the new statewide smoking ban in most public places. Seventy three percent of Ohio adults surveyed either approve or strongly approve of the new smokefree act. Only nineteen percent disapprove or strongly disapprove.