natural gas

Why Ohio’s top oil and gas producing counties continue to lag in jobs

BY: - November 29, 2022

A decade after the start of Ohio’s shale gas boom, counties with the most oil and gas production continue to have higher-than-average unemployment rates. A review of state data shows that unemployment rates in Belmont, Carroll, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson, Monroe, and Noble Counties have exceeded the statewide average every year since 2010, casting doubt on […]

Columbia Gas poised to get big rate increase

BY: - November 17, 2022

Amid high consumer inflation and spiking energy costs, Columbia Gas of Ohio could start charging each Ohio customer much more in fixed costs. And, while outside advocacy groups are opposing the move, it would be doing so with the support of the state’s official consumer representative. A “stipulation” that is now before the Public Utilities […]

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Clean energy is about more than just climate change

BY: - September 6, 2022

Imagine for a moment that climate change wasn’t happening. That the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change hadn’t determined major inevitable and irreversible climate changes are likely on the horizon due to release of greenhouse gases. Would our transition past coal to a new energy economy still make sense? According to a new working paper by […]

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Looking for jobs in all the wrong places: Ohio policymakers’ misguided belief in natural gas

BY: - August 24, 2022

If you’re looking for economic development that will deliver job growth, increase local commerce, and improve quality of life, you can’t do much worse than natural gas extraction, gas-fired power plants, and infrastructure. They don’t provide many jobs and they impose serious costs that discourage other kinds of job-creating economic activity.  Apart from contributing to […]

U.S. Supreme Court curbs federal power to regulate greenhouse gases, in blow to Biden

BY: - July 1, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday the Environmental Protection Agency lacks authority to broadly regulate greenhouse gases as pollutants, siding with a group of Republican attorneys general and coal companies in a major blow to the executive branch’s power to curb climate change. The opinion was a victory for the Republican-led states that undertook the […]

Biden sanctions Russian natural gas pipeline company Nord Stream 2

BY: - February 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday sanctioned the Russian company tasked with building and operating the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, as well as its corporate officers. Biden said in a statement the sanctions are part of the “initial tranche” of economic restrictions the United States began imposing on Russia earlier this week after it […]

World science community watching as natural gas-hydrogen power plant comes to Hannibal, Ohio

BY: - August 27, 2021

There are not a lot of people living in Hannibal, Ohio. It is a tiny port stop on the Ohio River, with just 1,000 people living in Ohio Township, and just about 14,000 in Monroe County. About 35 miles upstream is Wheeling, West Virginia, and about 45 miles downstream is Marietta, Ohio. But this tiny […]

Ohio Supreme Court to continue considering Duke Energy pipeline case

BY: - August 7, 2020

The Ohio Supreme Court will again consider arguments in an appeal related to a natural gas pipeline Duke Energy, Ohio, Inc., wants to bring to Hamilton County. The state’s highest court asked that parties in the case file arguments within 20 days so that the court can proceed with consideration of the case. The case […]

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Methane pollution poses serious risks to our health

BY: - March 25, 2020

As the oil and gas industry expands rapidly in Ohio, so does the risk of methane pollution. Methane is the primary component of natural gas and is emitted at all stages of the oil and gas supply chain.  The climate warming impact of methane over a 20-year period is estimated to be at least 86 […]

Search for contractors continues Ohio’s orphan oil and gas plugging efforts

BY: - January 3, 2020

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is starting a new phase of a process to address idle and orphan oil and gas wells. As part of the Orphan Well Program, the state is looking for contractors to plug about 200 wells in the next year all over the state, with millions in legislature-approved funding ready […]

Ohio sets new quarterly records for oil and natural gas production

BY: - December 27, 2019

During the third quarter of 2019, Ohio’s horizontal shale wells produced more than 7.2 million barrels of oil and 674 billion cubic feet of natural gas, both new state records for quarterly oil and natural gas production since quarterly reporting began in 2013. The figures released in December by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources […]