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Barborak sees problems with severance tax

May 18, 2014 LISBON —Not enough of the revenue generated by a proposed state tax on oil and gas production would go to impacted counties that need it the most, which is why state Rep. more »»

Park water off limits for fracking

March 22, 2014 LISBON — Village Council turned down a request by a drilling company that wanted to use Willow Grove Park to take water from the Little Beaver Creek for fracking a nearby well. more »»

Residents sorting out RUMA rumors

March 22, 2014 NEGLEY — Chesapeake Energy has not sought a new road use maintenance agreement (RUMA) in Middleton Township but has applied for a permit for a new well, Township Fiscal Officer Bob Chapman said... more »»

Columbiana approves water rate increase to pay for treatment plant

March 22, 2014 COLUMBIANA — City water users will see higher bills now that council has approved raising rates by $11 a month to pay for the cost of the new water treatment plan. more »»

Hotel industry cashes in on shale boom

March 16, 2014 LISBON — Check with any hotel, motel or campground throughout the area, and the one thing found in common is the presence of the shale industry. more »»

Council steps back

March 11, 2014 EAST PALESTINE — A council that has worked together fairly smoothly over the last year is now divided, and emotions ran hot Monday night in council chambers. more »»

Hue and cry in Palestine

February 26, 2014 EAST PALESTINE — “Put it on the ballot!” That was the chant from the majority of residents who turned out for this week’s Village Council meeting. more »»

Ethics question rears its head in Palestine

February 25, 2014 EAST PALESTINE — A group leasing proposal in East Palestine has been met with yet another roadblock, and this time ethics are under scrutiny. more »»

Company wants Middleton to pave way for drillers

February 24, 2014 NEGLEY — A road bond has been drafted by Middleton Township for a local company wanting to sell water to drilling companies. more »»

Mortgages may make signing drilling leases more difficult, attorney says

February 23, 2014 LISBON — It is possible that leasing property for oil and gas will make it more difficult to get a loan on a home, attorney Alan Wenger of the Harrington Hoppe and Mitchell law firm sai. more »»

East Palestine hopes to lure oil drilling

February 3, 2014 EAST PALESTINE — The village is working out details of a suggestion to offer land to oil and gas exploration companies in bulk, with some on council wary of the process while others believe it’s a... more »»

Businessman says shale boom is just beginning

February 3, 2014 EAST LIVERPOOL — Although it may seem that communities along the Ohio River are not seeing much impact from the Shale gas and oil boom, at least one business owner believe it’s coming and that... more »»

Kensington plant gets a third tower

January 12, 2014 KENSINGTON — Crews were busy Saturday erecting a third 160-foot tall demethanizer tower at the 170-acre UEO (Utica East Ohio) Kensington Plant. more »»

Pipeline accident

January 9, 2014 Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer A pipeline company employee was flown to St. more »»

Wells starting to prove worth

January 6, 2014 LISBON — Ten Columbiana County oil and gas wells were among 245 statewide that produced more in three months last year than all of 2012, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. more »»

Community leasing deal proposed for Palestine

December 2, 2013 EAST PALESTINE — The village and its residents could reap rewards by combining residential and municipal property for oil and gas leasing, Don Elzer believes. more »»

Shale play may bring renewed life to rail site

November 19, 2013 EAST LIVERPOOL — The pending sale of the Columbiana County Port Authority railroad could also mean new life for an Elkrun Township rail siding. more »»

Audit can’t account for W.Va. park money

November 19, 2013 NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. — A four-year state audit of the Hancock County Parks and Recreation Board could not account for tens of thousands of dollars in payroll, marina and vendor expenses. more »»

Fairfield sets public hearing on closing of Esterly Drive

November 8, 2013 COLUMBIANA — A public hearing will be held regarding the closing of the Esterly Drive railroad grade crossing to accommodate the Buckeye Transfer facilit. more »»

Judge says man wasn’t deceived

October 18, 2013 LISBON — A Columbiana County Common Pleas Court judge has ruled against a property owner who claimed he was fraudulently convinced to sign a lease for mineral rights on his property and that he did... more »»

Companies have big plans for county and its resources

October 15, 2013 COLUMBIANA — With natural gas exploration already under way in Columbiana County, two men representing two companies involved in the area were among those who spoke at a community informational... more »»



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