A year-in-review look at 10 of the biggest farm issues we covered in 2011.
COLUMBUS — A recent industry-funded study estimating that development of shale natural gas and oil could create or support 200,000 jobs in Ohio greatly overestimates the economic impact of the industry, according to a new Ohio State University analysis.
Editor: I am a local farmer. I’m a simple man and, like most farmers, I have a lot of common sense. Simplicity and common sense go hand in hand. In order for my farm to operate, I must make many logical decisions. If logic is not applied to my decision-making process, I suffer the consequences. […]
The communities that do best in the changing energy landscape will adopt appropriate land use, housing, planning, schooling, regulatory, and capital management strategies that anticipate and can adapt to change.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Protesters outside Youngstown’s Covelli Center Nov. 30 wanted the Utica and Marcellus shale drilling to slow, but the feeling inside was that it is moving full steam ahead. The public filled the sold-out trade show and a stage area where speakers talked about the jobs that lay ahead for the area, the […]
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A presentation detailing how municipal governments are dealing with the Marcellus Shale natural-gas boom will be offered by Penn State Extension Dec. 6 from 6:30-9 p.m.
At least know where you stand and what’s available, experts advise.
PITTSBURGH — The Colcom Foundation’s grant program Marcellus Environmental Fund has secured $150,000 for the Headwaters Quality Drinking Water Project to provide low income families in Jefferson, Elk, Potter, Cameron, Clinton, Centre and McKean counties with funding to secure chain of custody water sample analyses of their private water supplies prior to Marcellus Shale gas well drilling activities.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A study of more than 200 drinking-water wells near Marcellus Shale natural-gas wells in 20 counties did not find statistically significant evidence of contamination from hydraulic fracturing.
MANTUA, Ohio — Roy N. Brugmann, 80, died Oct. 28, 2011, at his residence. Born in Shalersville Township on May 16, 1931, he was the son of Oscar and Annie (Paserk) Brugmann Sr. A lifetime resident of the Mantua and Shalersville areas, he began his career in the sand and gravel business as a young […]
PITTSBURGH — CONSOL Energy Inc. announced it has closed on its agreement with Hess Corporation to jointly explore and develop CONSOL’s nearly 200,000 Utica Shale acres in Ohio.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing a schedule to develop standards for wastewater discharges produced by natural gas extraction from underground coalbed and shale formations. No comprehensive set of national standards exists at this time for the disposal of wastewater discharged from natural gas extraction activities, and over the coming months EPA […]
COLUMBUS — From shale gas legal issues to enforcing the state’s new Livestock Care Standards to federal and state agricultural legislation, the Nov. 18 Ohio Agricultural Law Symposium is packed with hot topics in the legal community.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A science- and energy-based program focusing on Pennsylvania counties with natural gas exploration and production is part of a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
COLUMBUS — In response to the growing need for education and research related to Ohio’s developing shale energy industry, The Ohio State University is creating the Ohio State Subsurface Energy Resource Center.
Don’t get the “facts” on Marcellus Shale drilling from your neighbor. Trust, but verify.
“This is a once and a lifetime opportunity for philanthropy in a region of the state that’s never seen much philanthropy.”
Ohio farmland values shot up 7.5 percent over last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recent numbers, with all-land values averaging $4,300 per acre.
LONDON, Ohio — Experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences will discuss opportunities and challenges in developing natural gas.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A new study examining the Marcellus Shale natural-gas boom in Pennsylvania suggests that, although development of this resource is having a positive economic impact in the state, the net benefits may be more modest than previously reported.