The Impact of Fracking Boom in Ohio: Who’s Listening

Julie Grant, with The Allegheny Front, a Pittsburgh-based public media news outlet, examined how Ohio agencies are reacting when residents, landowners, and activists raise concerns about the oil and gas industry in their communities. Grant produced Who’s Listening, a 4-part public radio and online package for stations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

Story 1: Some Ohio Citizens Who Complained About Oil and Gas Feel “Abandoned” by the State

Story 2: Ohio Law Favors Energy Development Over Private Property Rights

Story 3: Citizens Stepped in to Protect Water When Ohio Lawmakers Did Not

Story 4: Health Problems Abound Near Oil and Gas Wells in Ohio

Patrick Hunkler and Jean Backs get drinking water for their house from spring water collected in this cistern. They are concerned that fracking could affect their water. Photo: Julie Grant