Columbus Metropolitan Club Forum Features Lively Debate on Marcellus and Utica Shale Development Efforts in Ohio

Yesterday's Columbus Metropolitan Club forum on shale development in Ohio featured a lively panel debate over the environmental impacts of drilling for Marcellus and Utica shale in Ohio, reports Columbus Business First.  The shale panelists included Ohio State University geophysics professor Jeff Daniels; Ohio Oil and Gas Association Executive Vice-President, Tom Stewart; Assistant Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Scott Zody; and Ellen Mee, Director of Environmental Health Policy at the Ohio Environmental Council.  While Ellen Mee raised specific environmental concerns relating to hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, her counterparts on the panel argued that that technologies are in place to monitor water quality and well construction, and state regulators are well-positioned to regulate deep-well drilling operations.