This is a de facto admission that fracking causes earthquakes. We've known that injection wells do, but now we know fracking does as well.
And ODNR HAD to do this because they know it to be true, as 3 separate studies from 3 different countries have all concluded that fracking causes earthquakes:
2) United States:
3) Great Britain:
March 10, 2014 at 3:53 p.m.
There's another solution: Quit voting for the ol boyz and, instead, vote for people of integrity like a Susie B. There's no law saying you have to vote either Dem or Repub. Vote Green Party and maybe, just maybe, we can move forward in this City/Valley...
March 8, 2014 at 7:14 p.m.
March 7, 2014 at 10:28 a.m.
March 6, 2014 at 12:12 p.m.
With a State government that's in bed with the oil & natgas industry?
With a newspaper that's listed as a potential ally in ODNR/Kasich's Frackgate memo?
The silence from state/industry apologists over the Frackgate scandal is deafening...
February 23, 2014 at 11:30 p.m.
Looks like the Vindy forgot to mention the very small and insignificant fact that the Vindicator was one of only FIVE media outlets listed on Kasich's Enemies List as a potential ___ALLY!___
I'm sure it was just an innocent oversight.Page 5:
February 19, 2014 at 10:11 a.m.
This article provides a very graphic description of Youngstown's urban blight crises:
"So, in a perverse vicious cycle, the cities themselves will likely be on the hook to dig deeper into their already decimated tax bases, and foot the bill to remove the houses. It is a no-win situation: ignore the problem, and watch the blight and disinvestment spread even farther, or spend money that you don’t have, raise taxes, and drive more residents and businesses away, in order to try to keep things from getting worse."
"If you are skeptical about this future projection, the future is already here. Today, over 15,000 houses in Cleveland sit abandoned. In Akron, the number is around 2,300. And in Youngstown, a city of 65,000, that used to have 170,000 residents, an estimated 5,000 abandoned houses and 20,000 vacant lots pose a problem almost too overwhelming to comprehend."
January 15, 2014 at 11:01 p.m.
...at least the Mayor and City Council decided tonight to give Vallourec Steel a 75% (that's SEVENTY FIVE with a "7" and a "5") tax abatement to create 90 gigantic jobs (that's 10 less than 100) in a city that has thousands of unemployed in the inner city, ensuring the city coffers will continue to not have enough cash to demolish the thousands of blighted homes in Youngstown, (or, say, hire a few more first responders, or, maybe even lower our immorally overinflated water bills, or - God forbid - invest in renewable energy so that Ytown can lead the nation into the future instead of falling further into the scrap heap of history as a third world, fossil fuel extraction colony) because they just couldn't stand firm and bargain for, say, a 50%, or - wait for it - a 25%, (OH NO!) tax break, especially since everyone and their daughter knows there's no fracking way this corporation is going to walk away from their billion dollar investment, even IF our city officials had the cojones to actually force them to contribute a few dollars more to the betterment of the community in which they're making their record profits!
Oh no, of course we wouldn't want that...
(I'm sorry, was I being too sarcastic?)
January 15, 2014 at 10:44 p.m.
Paglia said. “If it’s passed, there are segments in it that say the entire law can’t be struck down."
This is a complete misunderstanding of the Bill.The CBR contains the severability clause which clearly ALLOWS a court to "sever" any part of Section 122, but without striking down the entire Section:
"Section 122-4 The provisions of this Section are severable. If any court of competent jurisdiction decides that any sub-section, clause, sentence, part, or provision of this section is illegal, invalid, or unconstitutional, such decision shall not affect, impair, or invalidate any of the remaining sub-sections, clauses, sentences, parts, or provisions of this Bill of Rights and its prohibitions. "
October 17, 2013 at 9:55 a.m.
Once again, the Vindicator coughs up enough oil & gas industry pocket lint to clog a fracked well.
First off, the "study" cited by the Vindy was not conducted by the NAS, it was, in fact, sponsored by NINE oil and natgas corporations +1 questionable "Big Green" org, and carried out by University of Texas researchers - yes, the same institution that was forced to withdraw an earlier fracking study due to conflict of interest:
"In Wake of Scathing Review of Fracking Report, University of Texas Revises Conflict of Interest Policies"
"UT-Austin has released the Steering Committee roster for the study. It consists of lead author David Allen, two EDF employees, and nine oil industry representatives, including lobbyists and PR staff from ExxonMobil, Shell, Southwestern Energy and more."
"One of the report's co-authors currently works as a consultant for the oil and gas industry, while another formerly worked as a petroleum engineer before entering academia."
(...it appears UT is back to its old ways.)
Not only that, but the study's findings do not differ that much from the findings of critics, and even concludes that toxic emissions from fracking are equal to or HIGHER in some instances than USEPA's conclusions:
"The study also found that leaks in other parts of the process — pneumatic pumps, controllers and other equipment — was either equal to or higher than the EPA previously estimated. Ultimately, this meant that total emissions came pretty close to the EPA's estimates."
"The report concludes .42% of fracked gas - based on samples taken from 190 production sites - is emitted into the air at the well pad. This is a full 2%-4% lower than well pad emissions estimated by Cornell University professors Robert Howarth and Anthony Ingraffea in their ground-breaking April 2011 study now simply known as the 'Cornell Study.'"
Let's hope the Vindy editorial board can take some lessons on investigative journalism from some of its fine reporters before it pens another deceptive editorial...
September 25, 2013 at 9:16 p.m.