Officials say drilling in Ohio's Utica shale region nearly doubled the output of oil and natural gas there since 2011.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday that the drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the shale region of eastern Ohio increased the oil output by 93 percent and the natural gas output by 80 percent in that time.
The agency said that during 2012, 87 Utica wells - representing less than 1 percent of all oil and gas wells in the state - produced 12 percent of Ohio's total oil production and 16 percent of the total gas production for the year.
State officials say scammers are trying to steal Ohioans' personal information by claiming to be representatives of the new online insurance marketplaces under the federal health care law.
Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, who is also the state's insurance director, is issuing a consumer alert after reports of scammers offering to help navigate consumers through the so-called health insurance exchanges.
Taylor says the scammers are trying to capitalize on confusion around the federal Affordable Care Act.
Open enrollment in the exchanges does not begin until Oct. 1. Taylor says marketing of plans offering coverage through the exchange hasn't started.
She's urging Ohioans not to provide Medicare, Social Security or bank account information.