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Mike Costarella

Freelance fracking writer and blogger


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Tressel tasked with building academics at YSU to support oil and gas industry

The new president will find changes on campus after his time away.


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February exposes patrol planes, propane shortages

Throughout February, a number of meaningful events struck me as interesting and related to the oil


2013 was a big year in Shale

The year 2013 marked a year of political decisiveness that was augmented with infrastructure development and seismic shale play testing. The Oil and Natural Gas is setting up shop and its impact to the economy and environment are becoming more apparent.


Costarella says “Frack on” after ban was turned down

Shows support for state legislative efforts that would incentivize compressed natural gas for vehicles


Mahoning Valley politics are once again front and center on the national stage

Another charter amendment is bad news for U.S. oil and gas industry


New developments shine more light on Youngstown quakes

Columnist questions two new injection wells and wonders about an old one


Mahoning Valley should thank Vallourec Star

The company has helped lead a turnaround in both Girard and Youngstown


Will radioactive waste be the next challenge or opportunity?

Questionable methods of extracting uranium and oil and gas are raising new concerns about radioactive material


Understanding city’s charter amendment

The city of Youngstown is being asked to vote on a proposed charter amendment May 7. The entire


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“I am not against fracking, I am against irresponsibility”

A regular reader of this column asked me why I never point out good things going on in eastern Ohio’s oil and natural-gas industry. Another asked, based on things I have written, did I think the industry can succeed in Ohio? To both, I quickly referred to a couple of versions of “Mike on Frack” that promoted the jobs added by this industry referencing data supplied by the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber. I also have touted the number of workers brought to this area in trucking and drilling operations, ancillary services such as food and fuel and, of course, the V&M expansion.


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