Gas Drilling

Health, Science & The Environment
7:04 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Funding For Key Gas Drilling Health Study Stalled

An important study on possible health impacts of natural gas drilling is still looking for additional funding.

Geisinger Health System spokeswoman Amanda O'Rourke said Wednesday the $1 million grant that was announced in February 2012 remains the only funding for a project that was projected to cost at least $25 million.

Geisinger plans to look at health histories of hundreds of thousands of patients who live near Marcellus Shale gas wells in Pennsylvania. Geisinger is based in Danville.

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Health, Science & The Environment
8:04 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Shale Drilling Boosts Ohio Gas and Oil Output

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.

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Politics
8:04 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Natural Gas, Oil Businesses Hold Ohio Lobby Day

Workers, employers and lobbyists for Ohio's growing oil and gas industry have made a showing at the Statehouse to tout the industry's economic benefits.

The lobbying event Wednesday drew more than 200 industry representatives and 75 lawmakers. It was sponsored by the Ohio Oil & Gas Association, the Ohio Petroleum Council and the Ohio Shale Coalition.

Participants urged lawmakers to expand natural gas development in Ohio. They cited a study by research firm IHS that found 38,000 oil and natural gas-related jobs were created in Ohio last year.

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The Economy & Business
8:35 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Kasich Blasts Out of State Oil and Gas Workers, But Drillers Fight Back

The oil and gas boom has brought in lots of activity to eastern Ohio, and perhaps lots of out of state workers. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports says that’s a problem for the governor.

Gov. John Kasich has joked several times about the people he wants to see working with the oil and gas industry in Ohio, including in his State of the State speech in February.

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Statewide News
7:04 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Ohio drilling falls short of expectations

A newspaper reports that injection drilling in Ohio hasn't met the initial expectations of state officials this year.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Ohio Department of Natural Resources officials had told state legislators in March that as many as 250 of the natural-gas and oil wells would be drilled in eastern Ohio Utica shale by the end of the year.

But state records show that only 165 wells have been completed, with 22 more being drilled.

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