Keystone report from State Dept. puts common sense back in the pipeline

Environmentalists have drawn a line in the sand on the Keystone XL pipeline. It's the wrong line in the wrong sand, far away from any realistic assessment of the merits - as yet another government analysis has confirmed. It's past time for President Obama to set aside politics and resolve this bizarre distraction of an issue.



Fracking in Ohio: An opportunity for Ohio jobs: letter to editor

The Wall Street Journal ran an article last month about the shale oil boom putting America on track to surpass Saudi Arabia as the top oil producer by 2020.



Fracking is an opportunity to transform quality of life in Appalachian Ohio

The extraction of Appalachian Ohio's natural resources has helped create wealth and prosperity in many parts of our state and nation, yet the region itself has continued to struggle with persistent poverty. Now, new technologies for accessing oil and gas from shale are placing the region at the center of another energy boom. As we rise to the challenge of providing the resources needed to power our country, we must also rise to the unprecedented opportunity to extract prosperity and lasting wealth for our region's citizens and communities.



State has plenty of water for fracking

Concerns about water usage by Ohio's growing shale industry is the latest false alarm raised by oil and gas opposition groups and a viewpoint highlighted in the Tuesday Dispatch article, "Is there enough water for "fracking boom?"



Don't believe false fracking claims

I write to respond to Allen Schwartz's column, "Skepticism needed to protect public from fracking."



State must embrace drilling opportunity

I was excited to read the Associated Press article "U.S. may hit No. 1 in oil" in the Oct. 24 Dispatch. This is welcome news, especially in light of instability abroad.



Fracked wells already seek oil under park with no problems

A debate over drilling under Mill Creek Park in Mahoning County demonstrates one of many disconnects between fact and fiction in the hydraulic fracturing world.



Job needs will require new partnerships

The issue: Jobs in Ohio's future Our view: Pilot program in southwest Ohio will align supply and demand Gov. John Kasich is giving top priority to improving communication between business and higher education. His aim is to ensure that Ohioans are prepared for the jobs that open up tomorrow -- and years from now.



Fueling progress: Grant is a vital step in effort to convert COTA buses to natural gas

A $1 million award nabbed by COTA is promising news: It's a key part of a revolution that will provide the region with cleaner air, reduce the need to import oil and save millions in fuel costs that can be rerouted to improve bus service.



Oil, natural gas provide an economic boost to Columbiana County

I believe a big part of Ohio's continued economic recovery will be in the oil and natural gas industry, an area that has sparked a lot of optimism in the eastern part of the state, especially in Columbiana County. As recently reported in an area newspaper, the increase in shale activity has helped boost sales-tax revenue by more than 10 percent in March, April and May of this year.