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Monday, January 12, 2015

2014 Featured Ups and Downs For Utica Shale Development

From The Columbus Dispatch:
The past 12 months have been a roller coaster for the oil and gas industry in Ohio. 
There were high notes: Drilling and production, including wastewater injection, soared. And in July, state officials announced that the industry had spent or committed to spend more than $6 billion in infrastructure to process and move natural gas and oil from shale deposits deep underground. 
That means jobs and revenue for the state, proponents say. 
But there were low notes, too. 
Earthquakes shook people in their homes. A June fire caused chemical runoff that killed thousands of fish in a 5-mile stretch of stream that leads to the Ohio River. More than 400 families had to leave their homes when methane spewed from a well in Jefferson County in October. 
In November, an electrician working on a pump at a Noble County well pad was killed in an explosion. 
Last month, about 30 families in Monroe County were told to stay away from their houses for 10 days because of a blowout.
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