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by Mike Costarella (Contact)   | 17 entries

“I learn something new every day. As soon as I reach a comfort zone, it is time to re-invent myself” - Mike Costarella

Mike started in life as a Girard native and is still a Girard resident. His degrees are from Girard High School, Bowling Green State University, Wright State University. His past professional experience includes work at University of Akron and Wright State University, Armstrong Laboratories at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Mike spent almost a decade working as a primary software architect for a hospital management software company in Atlanta, Raleigh and Cleveland.

Mike moved back to Girard shortly before the turn of the century, and started a family. He currently is the owner of his own software development consulting firm that has performed subcontracting for a number of large organizations in the Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown and Pittsburgh areas. Mike has served two terms as Council At Large in the City of Girard, and was on council at the time of the successful agreement between Youngstown and Girard which facilitated the V&M Star Steel expansion.

Since this time, Mike has become educated in many aspects of the oil and natural gas industry and was one of the first, if not the first, person in the valley to suggest the possible correlation between the earthquakes and the D&L injection well.

Mike has also been a part-time talk show host of “Another Valley View” featured on AM 1540 WYCL and where many podcast archives can be heard at You can email Mike with questions and comments at

Archive: 2012 | 2013

Halcon Field Services proposes gathering pipeline

At a Girard City Council meeting in July, Stewart Burson of Halcon Field Services presented a proposal for a new oil- and gas-gathering pipeline.

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 amendment is fairly long and wordy.

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.

Logistics Meets "Cradle to Grave"

The recent incident of brine and drilling-waste dumping near the D&L Energy headquarters at 2761 Salt Springs Road exemplified the need for citizen vigilance.

Where is the Mahoning Valley Welcome Wagon (MVWW)?

The Mahoning Valley stands to gain population if changes in climate continue to create destructive weather patterns in coastal regions. Is the Mahoning Valley prepared to couple our shale, technical, and manufacturing renaissance with local ...

Ready for 'frackmolishing'

According to a survey conducted by the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative in 2008 and 2010 and a city zoning department survey conducted earlier this year, there are roughly 4,000 vacant structures in the city.

Well: Nothing New Here, Move Along

Is it really anything new that the oil and natural gas industry is drilling horizontally in the Meander Source Water Protection Area?

Man Camp?

Will we be getting our very own man camp to the south of the Mahoning Valley?