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ODNR gives permits for Coitsville drilling to Chesapeake Energy

Published: Tue, November 15, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report


The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has permitted Chesapeake Energy Corp. to drill for oil and natural gas in Coitsville.

Notification of the permits was posted on ODNR’s website Monday.

The permits allow Chesapeake to drill both horizontally and vertically by fracking, a process in which water, chemicals and sand are blasted through pipes into rocks thousands of feet below the ground to unlock natural gas and oil.

Chesapeake and its subsidiary, Ohio Buckeye Energy, now have 10 permits in Mahoning County.

Goshen Township has six at three locations, and Milton Township has two at one location.

The Milton wells already have been drilled, according to the ODNR website, but are not expected to begin producing for a few more months.

Listed coordinates on ODNR’s website did not detail the well’s location.

In Columbiana County, a horizontal permit was issued in Hanover Township at a site that previously had a permit to drill vertically. That site is near Township Highway 756 just south of state Route 30.

Permits have been issued in the following Columbiana County townships: Hanover, Middleton, West, Franklin and Knox.


1howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Coitsville area residents and farmers get your water tested NOW! before they start construction! The gas & dilling companies are getting off in the courts because people have not tested their water before the well existed!

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2howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

This is another example of the muscle the oil & gas industry is willing to exert to have their way!

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3howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

For those who think that drilling will create thousands of jobs for Ohio here are the facts on wellsite jobs.
Each well will have about 20 highly skilled drilling workers, almost all of them will move from well to well and most will be from out of state.
The drilling company will hire a trucking company to deliver supplies (which may or may not be a local company) about 20 drivers. They will also hire a trucking company usually local to haul away the toxic and often radioactive waste, they will pat them very well so that they don't ask questions and will leave it up to the trucking company to dispose of the wastewater (about 25 jobs), The trucking companies in order to maximize profits will not tell their drivers the dangers of the wastewater and may even encourage their drivers to dump it whereever they can get away with it without getting caught (rivers and stream in rural areas).
Watch these short videos:
All of these jobs will be gone in 12 to 18 months and for most of that time only 2/3 are on the job at any one time, there is a short 30-45 day window when all of these jobs will be going on together.
Now the industry will tell you that they are going to be drilling 1000's of wells hoping that you will take this measly assortment of 30-60 local jobs and multiply it by thousands of wells so that you see visions of sugarplums dancing in your head, but the reality is that the drilling is done assembly line fashion, and the crews move from well to well and the jobs go with them. It is true that there is more than one company out there drilling the wells (about 50 in Pennsylvania right now and they are at the height of their drilling boom) so we can take the 75-100 jobs per drilling site and multiply it by 50 for a total of 3500 to 5000 jobs spread across the entire state of Ohio and spread out over 5 to 15 years! No where close to the 100,000+ jobs that the politicians and industry are claiming, not so impressive now, is it!

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4howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

A great article regarding the lack of safety in drilling on the shale formations using the fracking technique.
From the November 2011 issue of Scientific American!

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5howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Here is an educational video produced by the industry. Please notice how many pump trailers they show in the video each one has a 2000 horsepower engine on it. All of the pumps will be running at the same time for 8 to 24 hours for each time they frack each bore on the well! that could be up to 100 times per drilling pad! Each time they frack takes 45 trockloads of water and the same amount of sand as well as several truckloads of the highly toxic chemicals that make fracking work!


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6howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Each drilling pad can have up to 8 wells, each of which can be fracked 8-12 times.

This short video shows up close the equipment used on a fracking site.


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7howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

"The only company in Britain using hydraulic fracturing to release natural gas from shale rock said Wednesday that the controversial technique probably did trigger earth tremors in April and May."


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8howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

The waste water from just one well amounts to millions of gallons and there are numerous toxic substances in it including natural radioactive elements from the deep rock formations.

Read this article for more information:

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9howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

This interactive map shows violations by the industry from public records of 12 states and the nearly complete lack of penalties and enforcement by state and local governments against the drilling and gas industry.

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10Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago


For those who are against it I suggest :

Hire a reputable contractor .
Locate your gas line .
Have the valve at the street shut off .
Dig up the gasline going to your house .
Sever the line at both ends and remove it .
Advertise your car in The Vindy and sell it .

Now you have taught those nasty Oil and Gas companies al lesson . . .

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11Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago


For those who are against it I suggest :

Hire a reputable contractor .
Locate your gas line .
Have the valve at the street shut off .
Dig up the gasline going to your house .
Sever the line at both ends and remove it .
Advertise your car in The Vindy and sell it .

Now you have taught those nasty Oil and Gas companies a lesson . . .

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12hrshbrg7(5 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I normally do not agree with Stan very much but I fully agree with him on this. Youngstown and the Mahoning valley are in need of manufacturing jobs and who do you think is going to provide the pipe for this? I support fracking as long as it's done proper there is no issue. I am also a person who is an outdoor enthusiast and want to be environmentally safe as well. So I say lets get the gas and get our jobs and our economy back!!!!!

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13howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago


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14howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

"The industry acknowledges that the question of how to handle the wastewater that comes from fracking is one of its most pressing problems. In Pennsylvania this problem is particularly acute. Pennsylvania’s geological formations, unlike those of other states where natural-gas drilling has occurred, don’t allow for the usual method of disposal: injection wells that store flowback deep below the earth’s surface. Disposing of the chemical water has meant trucking it to another state or paying local treatment facilities to process it. The facilities, which are not equipped to remove salts, have often sent the frack water back into local rivers. In 2008, a United States Steel plant in Clairton, Pa., complained that the water from the Monongahela River was unfit for use. Loaded with salts, the water tasted and smelled odd and was corroding not only industrial equipment but also dishwashers and kitchen faucets. For several months, the Monongahela River, which provides most people in the Pittsburgh area with drinking water, no longer met state and federal standards. Following a request from the State of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers found it would require five times the amount of water in their reservoirs to dilute the river. It took five months to clean it up." from page 6 of the link on my previous post.

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15howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

"Banks have expressed reluctance to back home mortgages within up to three miles of a well. Whole towns could become brown fields, and home values would drop precipitously." also from Page 6.

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