Stories by Kristy Foster Seachrist

Marcellus shale: Chesapeake comes under fire for extra post-production costs

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Chesapeake Energy is under scrutiny by top Pennsylvania officials, after Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett sent a letter to Chesapeake about its business practices involving royalties.

Utica and Marcellus shale: Many want severance tax funds to come back to affected communities

Thursday, February 13, 2014

A third plan for the proposed severance tax may be on its way to the Ohio Statehouse.

Pero Dairy: Family, farming and community life

Thursday, February 13, 2014

EAST CANTON, Ohio — Imagine being responsible for six children, 132 dairy cattle and 400 acres on a daily basis. Some would say it is daunting to even think about it. But Randy Pero and his wife, Kristy, say it’s a life they wouldn’t trade for anything. After all, their love story started when they […]

Propane shortage may be waning, but price concerns aren’t going away

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

U.S. propane inventories are nearly 44 percent lower than a year ago, and, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average U.S. price for propane hit a record two weeks ago, up $1.05 to $4.01 a gallon. The propane supply is rebounding, but it is going to cost consumers.

Utica and Marcellus shale: Carroll and Harrison counties still leading the permit list

Thursday, February 6, 2014

In the Utica shale, there are 40 drilling rigs. There are now a total of 1,061 permits issued and 697 wells drilled.

Shale oil and gas development: Infrastructure, investments on the way

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Estimates for new infrastructure costs in Ohio’s Utica shale range from $6 billion to $15 billion per year through 2020.

Utica 2020: The shale oil and gas growth looks promising in Ohio

Friday, January 31, 2014

The Utica shale is no longer a secret and the future is bright for the oil and gas industry through 2020.

Center for Sustainable Shale Development: Certification center open for business

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Pa. center working to certify ‘responsible development’ of shale resources.

Utica shale: ODNR working to ensure water stays safe

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director James Zehringer says everything is being done to ensure water supplies are not affected by any process of the Utica shale drilling process.

Ohio Beef Checkoff up for vote, would increase from $1 to $2 per head

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David Daniels has signed the order for an Ohio Beef Checkoff referendum vote, which asks the doubling of the $1 per head checkoff fee to $2 per head.

That’s a ringer! Horseshoe pitchers say that sound is everything

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Hatrick and David Young, 71, of Howard, Pa., are at two ends of the experience spectrum, but both were named two of the champions at the horseshoe pitching contest.

Pa. Farm Show panel: Ag and natural gas industries need more collaboration

Thursday, January 9, 2014

From 2013-2030, shale gas production will increase by 65 percent, and in 2030, it will account for 48 percent of the total U.S. natural gas supply.

Marcellus and Utica shale: Dec. permit hot spot: Belmont County

Thursday, January 9, 2014

There were seven permits issued in Belmont County during December, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Lawrence County honors Beeghly, Viccari for conservation efforts

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Lawrence County Conservation District honored Joel Beeghly with its Farmer of the Year Award and Dom Viccari with the district’s Distinguished Service Award.

Federal court: Oil and gas lease is no longer valid

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

A federal judge ruled in favor of a Belmont County family and declared an oil and gas lease held by Hess Ohio Resources as invalid Jan. 2.

Highest-producing oil well is in Harrison Co.; top gas well in Belmont Co.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

ODNR releases third quarter production numbers from Ohio’s oil and gas wells.

Utica, Marcellus shale in Pa: Supreme Court makes historic ruling

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court made a decision Dec. 19 that could impact all shale drilling operations in Pennsylvania.

West Virginia: Two brothers and Chesapeake are at odds

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Two brothers are continuing a federal lawsuit against Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC., claiming it is dragging its feet on picking a third arbitrator to preside over the case involving discrepancies over royalties.

Manure accident claims one life

Thursday, December 26, 2013

An employee on an Ashtabula County dairy farm died in a farm accident Dec. 14.

FDA changes stance on antibiotic use in food-producing animals

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Agency implementing plan to change the use of antibiotics in food animals.

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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.