Between the Lines: The future of fracking

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  • Ohio's economy is already getting a big lift from the new horizontal drilling technique for gas and oil called "fracking."

    It enables gas and oil companies to get at the valuable liquids embedded in shale.

    A Cleveland State University study predicts it could create 66,000 jobs and add billions of dollars to the state's economy.

    But environmental groups worry about possible dangers to the environment, water supplies and Ohio residents.

    Can Ohio strike the right balance between job creation and environmental protection?

    Will Governor John Kasich's proposed higher taxes and new regulations be a handicap for companies? Are there sufficient protections?

    Civic Commons, a group that tries to turn thoughtful discussion into real results and action, will host an online forum from March 19 through 21.  Go to

    Tom Beres discusses the future of fracking with the Civic Commons' Dan Moulthrop; Stefanie Penn Spear, of the group EcoWatch; and Jerry James, Ohio Oil and Gas Association's president on this edition of Between the Lines.


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