Stories by Kristy Foster Seachrist

Shale court battles: One loss and one settlement in the works

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — A Jefferson County farmer lost his court battle with the Hess Corporation in May. However, other area landowners may benefit from another court fight that has a proposed settlement on the bargaining table. David Cameron, a Jefferson County dairy farmer, lost the legal battle over his oil and gas lease in the […]

Energy independence is at the top of the list at Pa. oil and gas conference

Thursday, May 22, 2014

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Pennsylvania is moving in the right direction — that was the feeling speakers shared at the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association’s Eastern Oil and Gas Conference held May 13. Lt. Governor Jim Cawley described the United States as being in an energy revolution and the Marcellus shale is one component of […]

Pa. oil and gas conference: Severance tax and legislation are big topics

Thursday, May 22, 2014

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Pennsylvania is facing an oil and gas fight over a possible severance tax and legislation regarding minimum royalty payments. The Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association made it clear during its Eastern Oil and Gas Conference May 13 that members are against the implementation of a severance tax. Job killer Association President […]

Columbiana County: 500 youth attend annual field day

Friday, May 16, 2014

Students from across Columbiana County gathered to attend the annual field day hosted by the Columbiana County fairboard and the OSU Extension.

GMO vs. Non-GMO: Panel discusses what it means

Thursday, May 15, 2014

A panel of farmers, the Ohio Farm Bureau and a seed dealer gathered to discuss the controversy surrounding GMO vs. Non-GMO.

Hilcorp Energy: Forced pooling fight continues in Pa.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Some legal wrangling has stalled the the first-ever spacing order application for an unconventional shale gas well.

Pipeline easements: Get what you want, up front and in writing

Friday, May 9, 2014

SALEM, Ohio — Are you being wooed by a landman for a pipeline easement? You may want to slow down the relationship and think about what you want before jumping in. Remember, this is a lifetime commitment. And it won’t be a relationship between you and the landman. The pipeline easement will be relationship between […]

Utica and Marcellus shale: Southeastern Ohio is drilling hot spot

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued 15 new permits for shale play wells in Belmont County in April, the most granted in any Ohio county.

Ohio shale wells: 2013 fourth quarter production released

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources released oil and gas well production results from the fourth quarter of 2013 on April 25.

Producer members vote to merge co-ops

Friday, April 18, 2014

The leaders of the Agland Co-op and the Green Valley Co-op feel that by merging the two co-ops, the result will be a better value to farmers.

Earthquake link triggers tougher drilling permit conditions

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

COLUMBUS — The  Ohio Department of Natural Resources is creating new, stronger permit conditions for deep oil or gas drilling near faults or areas of past seismic activity. The new policies, announced April 11, are in response to recent seismic events in Poland Township (Mahoning County) at a well owned by Hilcorp Energy Company, that […]

Utica and Marcellus shale: ODNR issues 25 drilling permits in Harrison Co.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The ODNR issued 71 new well drilling permits in the Utica shale in eastern Ohio during March.

Farming gives normalcy to life for Crawford Co. family after fire

Thursday, April 10, 2014

UNION CITY, Pa. — As pork chops were just finishing up and homemade noodles sat warming in a pan on the stove, and a Jersey calf needing constant nursing laid in a dog crate in the kitchen corner, an unwelcome danger raged in the top of the Isiminger home. Silently, the stranger roared between the […]

PED virus changes some county fair tag-in routines

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Stark County junior fair leaders are also considering changes, but the specifics haven’t been finalized.

New hearing dates announced for Hilcorp application

Monday, March 31, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Department of Environmental Protection announced that the hearing sessions on an application for gas well spacing units, or spacing order, received from Hilcorp Energy Co., have been scheduled for May 7 and May 8. “We successfully secured a delay in order to ensure the public was properly informed on this important […]

USDA reports record growth in organics

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Retail sales of organic products were valued at $35 billion last year.

Rowe farm: Change is what keeps it moving along

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Today, Rowe, 76, has 40 cows in his herd and he sells feeder calves that are mostly Angus crosses.

Shale industry: Bringing change to eastern Ohio

Friday, March 21, 2014

If communities had to do it over, would they have planned more for what the shale oil and gas future holds?

Grape producers: Winter’s cold takes toll on vineyards

Thursday, March 20, 2014

One winery with vines in Ashtabula and Lake counties claims it will have 100 percent bud kill on the vinifera.

Ohio Holstein Convention: Auction totals $244,325 from 71 lots

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

There were 71 lots that totaled $244,325, for an average of $3,441.20.

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About Kristy

Kristy Foster Seachrist lives in Columbiana County raising sheep and horses. She earned her degree from Youngstown State University and has worked in both print and broadcast journalism. You can follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/fosterk96.