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New drilling leads to natural gas prices decrease
Possible environmental repercussions
Story by PHIL TORRES


 

Northeast Ohio’s natural gas prices are expected to drop in the near future despite a cold winter and the increasing demand of a recovering economy.

Neil Durbin of Dominion East Ohio says new low-cost method of drilling called hydraulic fracturing – or fracking--  is helping to keep natural gas supplies high and prices low.

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But environmentalists are concerned that the process used to break the gas free from a massive shale formation that spans the Appalachians may poison underground water supplies.

The Ohio House considering a bill introduced this week that would open Ohio’s state parks to oil and gas drilling. And Gov. John Kasich says the shale drilling could be a huge boon to the state and keep gas prices lower.

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