The Allegheny Front Investigates Fracking in Ohio

by Duane Nichols on August 8, 2019

Ohio Health Registry for residents affected by drilling & fracking, etc.

Who’s Listening? — By Julie Grant,, The Allegheny Front

The Allegheny Front Investigates Fracking in Ohio

A decade ago, people in Ohio hadn’t heard much about fracking for natural gas in their state. But since then, the gas industry has literally changed the landscape in parts of eastern Ohio, from countryside, to what some describe as an industrial zone.

For some people, that has meant new jobs or payments to lease their mineral rights. But the thousands of new well pads, pipelines, compressor stations, and waste injection wells haven’t been welcomed by everyone. Citizens have filed thousands of complaints with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources about everything from gas leaks and crumbling roads to odors and noise that they blame on energy development.

We examined these complaints, how ODNR responded and what Ohio residents are doing to protect their health and the environment.

This multi-part series is supported by the Fund for Investigative Journalism and the Sears-Swetland Family Foundation.


The Impact of Fracking Boom in Ohio: Who’s Listening – The Fund for Investigative Journalism, July 19, 2019

Julie Grant, with The Allegheny Front, a Pittsburgh-based public media news outlet, examined how Ohio agencies are reacting when residents, landowners, and activists raise concerns about the oil and gas industry in their communities. Grant produced Who’s Listening, a 4-part public radio and online package for stations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

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