Local News


Gas well in Gates Mills leaks 1,000 gallons of oil into Chagrin River tributary
Crews spent the past two days cleaning up an estimated 1,000 gallons of oil that had leaked from a ruptured valve on a gas well at the intersection of Dorchester Road and Ohio 91. Oil from the well seeped into streams and storm water sewers that flow into the Chagrin River.

North Royalton Resident Speaks Out Against Drilling
The drilling has gotten out of control. Are we destined to watch as North Royalton is decimated by greed and put at risk with safety and environmental issues?

North Royalton hosts discussion on Gas Well with ODNR
In response to issues surrounding the increase in gas wells in North Royalton, Rep. Matt Patten, D-18 invited city officials, residents, and gas companies to a town hall meeting at North Royalton High School...

Home explosion linked to oil drillers
Bainbridge Township- A hidden pocket of natural gas, inadvertently opened by drilling, may have caused an explosion in an English Drive house this weekend. The blast lifted the home off its foundation before it dropped back down intact, Bainbridge Fire Chief Brian Phan said. The potential for more explosions forced officials to evacuate a dozen households.

Channel 3 Investigator Exclusive: Drilling for disaster near homes and schools
A spike in oil and gas well drilling in urban and suburban areas, combined with too few state inspectors and possible equipment failures, has created a potentially deadly situation, according to industry insiders, community activists and lawmakers.

Ohio laws governing gas drilling among most lenient in nation
State laws here governing gas drillers are among the most lenient in the nation, experts say, in part because drillers help write the rules.

Northeast Ohio Gas Accountability Project
NEOGAP is a resource for the citizens by the citizens who are dealing with oil and gas development.

National News

Drilling moratorium needed
An out-of-control gas well shot natural gas and polluted drilling water 75 feet into the air in Pennfield, Pa., on June 3. The well spewed fracking solution and gas for about 16 hours before it was brought under control.

Broad Scope of EPA's Fracturing Study Raises Ire of Gas Industry
A new EPA study of hydraulic fracturing is expected to provide a broad look at the natural gas drilling process, including injection spills, leaks and water contamination incidents.

Officials in Three States Pin Water Woes on Gas Drilling
Norma Fiorentino's drinking water well was a time bomb. For weeks, workers in her small northeastern Pennsylvania town had been plumbing natural gas deposits from a drilling rig a few hundred yards away.

Drilling offer under fire
City officials worried that gas well proposal could contaminate water system.

Munroe Falls opposes natural gas drilling site
"I don't think it's in the best interests of our residents and Cuyahoga Falls and Silver Lake residents to jeopardize the water source we depend on," Larson said.

Recent accidents fuel concerns about Marcellus Shale drilling
Now, there are two homegrown accidents adding urgency to the mission of regulators and environmental activists, and stoking a growing unease among some Pennsylvania citizens.

Well blast's message
The blowout and spill at a natural-gas well in central Pennsylvania shows the need for tougher monitoring and better communication between regulators and drillers.

Property Values

How Gas Drilling Affects Property Values
Local bank won't gamble on gas-leased properties. HUD says FHA financing may be affected for leased properties and for some neighbors. Insurers start to bow out.

Health Impacts

New Film Investigates 'Fracking' For Natural Gas
What would be your reaction if you opened up your tap for a drink of water and discovered not only was the murky fluid that came out unsafe to drink, but if you held a match to the tap, you could make the rushing water catch fire?

ABC News-Natural Gas Drilling May Not Be Healthy
Many children and adults who live near gas drilling have health concerns.

Public Health Impacts of Oil & Gas
Oil and gas development has a long history in the United States. And in most areas where development has occurred or is occurring there are cases of people being exposed to chemicals used and hydrocarbons produced during drilling and production; and people getting sick.

Learn the issues surrounding Hydraulic Fracturing
fluids are injected underground at high pressures, the formations fracture, and the oil or gas flows more freely out of the formation. Some of the injected fluids remain trapped underground. A number of these fluids, such as diesel fuel, qualify as hazardous materials and carcinogens, and are toxic enough to contaminate groundwater resources.

In Fracking Debate,' Disclosure' Is in the Eye of the Beholder
In the intense but inscrutable debate about the chemicals that drillers inject underground to flush out natural gas, this much can be said: Everyone is for disclosure.

Marcellus well blowout: Dark side of economic gain
Workers lost control of the well on the Punxsutawney Hunting Club grounds, and it unleashed a combustible 75-foot fountain of natural gas and toxic wastewater.

A Colossal Fracking Mess
The dirty truth behind the new natural gas.

Catskill groups seek moratorium on gas drilling
With all of the controversy over gas drilling, the state shouldn't allow it until a federal study determines its safety, says a coalition of 19 environmental groups.