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The Plastic Belt

Aug 28, 2018
Ralph Wilson / AP

Natural gas production in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania exceeded total production in Texas for the first time. The region, dubbed the "Shale Crescent" and rust belt, is being considered for a new name: The plastic belt. 

Today, we consider what impact this new industry can have on the jobs sector and local environment.

Nick Evans / WOSU

The Franklin County Board of Elections has rejected the "Columbus Community Bill of Rights," a ballot issue that would have banned fracking within city limits. 

Allegheny Front

Columbus City Council on Monday gave the green light to a proposed fall ballot initiative that would ban oil and gas drilling within the city. 

Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa., in Bradford County.
Ralph Wilson / AP

A three-year study of the possible health effects of fracking on people who live near shale drilling sites is entering its final phase.

The Plastic Belt

Jun 21, 2018
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa., in Bradford County.
Ralph Wilson / AP

Natural gas production in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania exceeded total production in Texas for the first time. The region, dubbed the "Shale Crescent" and rust belt, is being considered for a new name: The plastic belt. 

Today, we consider what impact this new industry can have on the jobs sector and local environment.

Allegheny Front

After 40 years, Kerri and Jeff Bond are moving from their small farm in Seneca Lake, Ohio. The rural hillsides have changed in recent years. The trees in their yard started to lose foliage and die last year. Their sheep, chickens and cats died, and their dogs developed tumors.

A fractionator under construction in Scio, Ohio in 2013.
Tim Rudell / WKSU

Govs. John Kasich of Ohio, Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania, and Jim Justice of West Virginia have renewed the Tri-State Shale Coalition Agreement for four more years.

Rogelio V. Solis / Associated Press

The first day of spring is bringing a Winter Weather Advisory in Central Ohio. And while the snow begins to come down, legislators in an Ohio House committee will be considering a new way to remove ice from the roads - using the byproduct of fracking

Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa., in Bradford County.
Ralph Wilson / AP

A Central Ohio lawmaker is seeking a ban on fracking in certain parts of the state. The proposal follows the first meeting of the Ohio Oil and Gas Leasing Commission, which regulates this type of drilling.

Reid Frazier / Allegheny Front

A petrochemical company from Thailand that has already invested $100 million in a facility in eastern Ohio is considering making an even bigger investment. But it’s not a done deal.

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One of the Democrats running for Governor is calling for an end to oil and gas drilling in Ohio. While Dennis Kucinich’s four primary opponents aren’t embracing that idea, they agree that more needs to be done to protect the environment. 

Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich speaks during a news conference announcing his run for Ohio governor, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018.
Tony Dejak / AP

Dennis Kucinich says if elected Ohio governor, he’d use the office's power to end the drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa., in Bradford County.
Ralph Wilson / AP

The Trump administration decided quietly over the holidays to abandon proposed federal regulations governing fracking on public lands. For Ohio environmentalists, the decision is big and bad news. However, the state's oil and gas industry sees it as a practical approach to regulation.

Simon Fraser University

Larry Hecht runs Pier-48, an intermodal terminal on the Ohio River for loading and off-loading barges. At the height of the shale boom, it got 25 bulk shipments of drilling supplies like barite a month.

Then came the bust, and that traffic stopped.

They landed, one after another, in 2015: plans for nearly a dozen interstate pipelines to move natural gas beneath rivers, mountains and people's yards. Like spokes on a wheel, they'd spread from Appalachia to markets in every direction.

Together these new and expanded pipelines — comprising 2,500 miles of steel in all — would double the amount of gas that could flow out of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. The cheap fuel will benefit consumers and manufacturers, the developers promise.

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