The latest state budget from Ohio Gov. John Kasich renews his effort to increase the severance tax for oil and natural gas. And once again, that proposal is meeting with opposition from some state lawmakers and leaders in the state’s oil and gas industry.
Ohio’s highest court struck a blow to hydraulic fracturing opponents yesterday, refusing to put anti-fracking measures on the November ballot.
Since 2011, shale gas drilling has been a way of life for some eastern Ohio communities, with residents acutely aware of both the benefits and drawbacks. But as production declines, are those perceptions changing?
Researchers say coal beds, not fracking, are most likely to blame for methane found in water wells in an Ohio county — but that doesn’t mean fracked wells won’t cause contamination in the future.
Ohio energy leaders are not especially worried about future climate change impacts on their operations, despite two recent studies suggesting that extreme weather could cause significant problems by mid-century.
If scientists can learn more about that naturally-occurring water in the shale formations, drilling companies and well operators might figure out better ways to protect equipment and well integrity.
As Ohio works more closely with other states to develop its natural gas industry, a multi-state collaborative is monitoring development and seeking to “navigate the middle ground” between the industry and its opponents.
Researchers are just beginning to explore what types of microbes can eke out a living in — and how they might impact the economics of drilling operations.
Ohio lawmakers are not ready to raise the state’s severance tax on hydraulic fracturing, but that won’t stop a grassroots effort pushing a rate hike that would put the state on par with other fracking regions.
A recent analysis of oil and gas production data for Ohio’s Utica shale play casts doubt on earlier optimistic projections from both industry and state government sources.