Natural Gas

The Plastic Belt

Jun 29, 2018
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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.

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.

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

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Ohio’s government watchdog is recommending changes within the agency that issues permits for oil and gas drilling in Ohio. 

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Crews are working to clean up thousands of gallons of drilling wastewater that spilled into an eastern Ohio reservoir after a truck hauling the toxic water overturned.

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If you heat your home with propane, you'll probably have some extra money this winter.

Deadline Passes With No Severance Tax Deal

Oct 2, 2015
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Ohio lawmakers missed a hard deadline Thursday to produce a plan to increase the state’s tax on oil and gas. There’s still no report, and top legislative leaders aren’t worried about it.

Secretary Of State: Counties Can't Vote To Ban "Fracking"

Aug 14, 2015
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Ohio's elections chief has moved to invalidate ballot proposals in three counties related to the oil- and gas-drilling technique of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Senate Budget Could Be Kasich's Best Shot At Severance Tax Hike

Jun 2, 2015
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The Ohio Senate plans on releasing a revised budget any day now, and it might include an increase to the state tax on freshly-drilled oil and natural gas. And the Senate budget could be Governor John Kasich’s best shot so far at increasing the severance tax.

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Some state lawmakers want to make it easier for Ohioans to buy cars that run on compressed natural gas, or CNG.

Many bills were left on the cutting room floor at the end of last year as the lame duck session came to a close. That includes a provision from Representatives Sean O’Brien—a Democrat—and Dave Hall—a Republican.

The bill would give tax incentives for people who wanted to buy a CNG car or convert their current vehicle to run on CNG. O’Brien says this would be a great way to capitalize of the natural gas development happening in eastern Ohio.

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