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General Ohio Shale Gas Information
  Gas Wells and Fracking 

About the Unconventional Gas Drilling Process

June Meeting News Leader Press Coverage - Chesapeake Energy Q&A session (unfortunately Chesapeake asked us not to video the Q&A session.  This press coverage provides some insight on the information provided by Chesapeake.  For a copy of the questions provided in advance to Chesapeake, click on this link.)  Chesapeake provided this presentation after the meeting with additional information about their Ohio operations. 

Landowner considerations to gas drilling
(doc)

OH Landowner Leasing Considerations with Unconventional Gas Wells - PowerPoint show with narrative 70MB download (Sorry for big download.  We are working to come up with a better way of providing this information.)

Local Carrolltonite John Neider looks at impact to his family's farm from horizontal drilling


See photo Carroll County well
in Augusta
East Township initial well plan

Center Township initial well plan

Washington Township initial well plan


Facts on Fracking
- Cornell Ph.D Anthony Ingraffea really good presentation...not controversial Gasland...scientific / economic / environmental details.  Nearly 2 hours long.

Detailed NY Study of Hydraulic Fracturing - 2009 (very technical)

17 minute YouTube video summarizing gas exploration concerns in PA


How does fracking open channels through rock layers meant to protect water aquifers? 
This video explains.

Canton Repository Fracking 101 overview and links


View brief video on fracking in PA


Chesapeake could drill up to 12,000 wells in Ohio


New
FracTracker website provides central source to track expansion of hydrofracking and local impacts.  See www.fractracker.org

See a graphic of the expected growth in wells that will come to Ohio
(click on map)

Impacts on Communities
Ohio Get FrACTive
- Video regarding fracking and landowner actions in Ohio counties
Local Carrolltonite John Neider looks at impact to his family's farm from horizontal drilling

OSU Workshop on health concerns and additional data needed

Hydraulic Fracturing Risks

DOE report (part 1) says migration through rock of fracking fluids unlikely, but other risks (especially from drilling/fracking operations failures) still exist

Apr 25, 2012 - Chesapeake well blowout during casing install causes WY families to evacuate

Detailed analysis of environmental impacts of unconventional gas well development
- Stephen Cleghorn (PA)

How does fracking open channels through rock layers meant to protect water aquifers? 
This video explains.

(click to get detailed image of well hydrofracking)


(click to get detailed image of well casing)


Canton Repository Fracking 101 overview and links


View brief video on fracking in PA


Chesapeake could drill up to 12,000 wells in Ohio


New
FracTracker website provides central source to track expansion of hydrofracking and local impacts.  See www.fractracker.org

See a graphic of the expected growth in wells that will come to Ohio
(click on map)

Want to see map of gas exploration "fraccidents" .  More than maybe gas companies would like to publicly admit.

Stark County expresses concern about ODNR's ability to oversee gas exploration


Should farmers and foresters be concerned about the impact of spilled fracking fluid on their land...
WV study says YES

Youngstown driller mistake leads to release of "gas plume"


Over 50% of Cabot's PA wells
found to have defective, insufficient or improperly cemented casing allowing methane to enter water aquifers

PA levies largest fine ever ($1 million) against Chesapeake for contaminating private water supplies and safety violations


PA well operators receive felony convictions for safe water drinking act violations


PA drilling operator receives $180,000 DEP fine for spill during fracking process

Well workers sue Chesapeake over well fire


Chesapeake well blowout
and major hydrofracking fluid spill in PA - cracked casing allow toxic chemicals to reach streams and river.  Residents evacuated.  (more articles)

Chesapeake suspends all PA gas well fracking
operations after well blow out spills toxic chemicals
 
Fire destroys 10 18-wheelers during hydraulic fracking at Chesapeake well in LA


Chesapeake's mismanagement of well causes PA explosion per PA DEP
...will the well on your property be next?  More

Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission bans injection wells for fracking wastes because of links with earthquakes


Truck traffic is next
- NY plans for 1,100-1,350 truck trips per well site.  Each brings the risk of fatal accidents, spills, road destruction, noise and air pollution.

  News Articles on Gas and Carroll County


Dec 3, 2012 Columbus Dispatch - Shale Gas Drilling Slows (but not in Carroll County) (read more)
Dec 2, 2012 Youngstown Vindicator's Naughty and Nice List for the Ohio Valley's Shale Gas Activity (read more)
Nov 27, 2012 Columbus Dispatch - Is There Enough Water for Fracking
Oct 22, 2012 NPR Market Place - The Real Energy Gusher Produced by Ohio - Oil
Oct 15, 2012 Chesapeake gets special permit to release more air pollution in WV.

Oct 9, 2012 NBC Nightly News - In Ohio, a modern day gold rush fueled by oil.
Oct 2012 Carroll County Energy News - Carroll County's Time Has Come?
Sept 2012 TruthOut - Fracking Boomtown (video)
Aug 2012 - NY's No Frac Almanac Vol 1 Nbr 4 - Cover story highlights Carroll County couple
Aug 31, 2012 Chesapeake squeezes landowners on costs amid cash crunch
May 2012 - A Modern Day Gold Rush What Fracking Means for Southeast Ohio (video) - Soul of Athens
May 8, 2012 PA landowners are denied mortgage because shale gas well across street " significantly degrade a property's value".  Read more.
Video - An Unquiet Landscape: The American West's New Energy Frontier  by John McChesney.  Some serious considerations for rural Ohio towns about things to come...pro and con.
July 24, 2012 - Carrollton Village leases gas rights under municipal water source
June 21, 2012 - Chesapeake to Pay $1.6 Million for Contaminating Water Wells in Bradford County (PA)
June 19, 2012 -$1 million lawsuit filed by Carroll County farming family over gas lease
June 5, 2012 - Chesapeake sells off leases in non-target Ohio counties.  Carroll still in target zone.
Jan 6, 2012 -
Chesapeake horizontal well rig explodes in OK (video)
Dec 9, 2011 -
Wyoming EPA implicates gas well fracking in local water source contamination


Dec 5, 2011 - Gas/Oil tank explode in Carroll County for 3rd time since 1990's
Local American Landfill now accepting Chesapeake drilling wastes that may include naturally occurring radiation
Ohio's local governmental impact seen as lowest level in shale play...PA says they don't want to become like OH

Sep 2011 - Gas boom hits Carroll County - Plain Dealer

Bradford County PA residents having their property condemned so that gas companies can put in pipelines

Athens County gas pipeline explodes

Jewett Sportsman Club gets over run by Chesapeake - WTOV9


Sleepy Carroll County Braces for Boom Times
- Plain Dealer

Clean Water Considerations


Independent water testing important
for landowners - whether they have lease or not - Times Reporter.  See the Actions and Resource tab for more information about the why, what, how and how much of water testing.

DEP finds PA water well contamination related to gas wells


Village of Carrollton recognizes gravity of water protections with unconventional gas drilling activities


Hydrofracking to take billions of gallons of fresh water out of Ohio's reserves PERMANENTLY


PA allows up to 98 million gallons per day for fracking


Farmers beware! 
PA farmer's herd quarantined because of water contamination from gas well

Protecting your water from gas extraction
- Penn State Presentation

Arkansas restricting use of injection wells for frack wastes because of links to earthquakes
- Wall Street Journal

Clean Air Considerations


Mayor of Dish TX (former supporter of gas exploration) moves after well pollution makes his family sick


Wyoming gas field air quality worse than LA
- USA Today

Western state citizens take gas well air quality monitoring into their own hands


Leasing Considerations


Introduction to landowner considerations for unconventional gas drilling - 20 min VIDEO


Chesapeake mortgages mineral rights and stops landowners from getting the mortgage they need


Chesapeake says liquid hydrocarbons make Utica reserves in Ohio substantially more valuable. 
If you lease, make sure to take this into consideration.

NY Times Articles on Shale Gas disclose Federal Government concerns - June 26, 2011
Part 1, Part 2

Belmont County landowners group lease mineral right


Mineral Sales vs. Leases
from Cleveland Crains - make sure you understand what you are signing. 

SHOCKING oil and gas "landman playbook" from West Bay Exploration.  See suggestions on how to redirect landowners away from critical issues like decreased land values and radioactivity in well water.  (this document's source has not been confirmed with West Bay Exploration)

Carroll County couple sues over fraudulent gas leasing practices
by Kenyan and Chesapeake

Rep. Okey calls for review of deceptive gas leasing practices


US energy independence argument rings hollow as US companies sell their shale gas to China, Korea, and other foreign countries


DOE report (part 1) says migration through rock of fracking fluids unlikely, but other risks (especially from drilling/fracking operations failures) still exist


Chesapeake sells Wyoming leases to Norwegian Stratoil


The shell game of who owns my lease continues - Consol sells 660,000 acres of holding to Noble Energy for $3.4 billion


Example ALOV lease with better landowner terms that provided by leasing company
REVIEW ANY CONTRACT PROPOSAL WITH AN EXPERIENCED ATTORNEY BEFORE SIGNING.  Unfortunately, most landowners who have signed without professional assistance are disappointed with the results.
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