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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 »»

Chesapeake seeks permit in Hanover

October 12, 2013 LISBON — Columbiana County has its first new drilling permit application in nearly two months, with one issued for the Sosenko property in Hanover Township. more »»

Atlas moving earth on Firestone Homestead

October 7, 2013 COLUMBIANA — Three new oil and gas wells are getting closer to completion along state Route 14 in Unity Township just outside the city. more »»

Water lures drillers

September 18, 2013 LISBON — Hilcorp Energy Corp. wants to use Willow Grove Park as part of a plan to remove water from the Middle Fork of the Little Beaver Creek for fracking a nearby well. more »»

Ex-Chesapeake CEO heading new shale gas venture

September 1, 2013 LISBON — Aubrey McClendon has returned to Columbiana County after parting ways with Chesapeake Energy earlier this year. more »»

New hotel planned for Salem

August 30, 2013 SALEM — A California group is proposing a hotel and other businesses on more than 40 acres of property in the northern part of the city after signing a purchase agreement this week. more »»

No pipe dream

August 27, 2013 Freshly cut hay lays in a pattern across the fields backed by the soon to harvested corn at the Grubbs Brothers Farm on Leetonia Road in Salem Township. more »»

Salineville will lease cemetery for drilling

August 27, 2013 SALINEVILLE — Village Council on Monday approved an ordinance to accept a lease agreement between the village and Chesapeake Exploration. more »»

Chesapeake rep says well production will take years

August 10, 2013 DAMASCUS — A Chesapeake Energy representative visited with a local community organization Thursday night to discuss shale drilling in the area. The Damascus Ruritans hosted Keith A. more »»

Plenty of work to be done before construction of gas transmission line begins

August 8, 2013 COLUMBIANA — Bluegrass Pipeline expects to begin laying pipe in 2014 once final approvals for an 1,100-mile gas transmission line, which will cut diagonally across Columbiana County, are acquired. more »»

Halleck gets his say

May 9, 2013 LISBON —Columbiana County Commissioner Mike Halleck made it to Congress nearly 11 years after having run for a seat in the U.S. House. more »»

Spectra outlines pipeline project

April 14, 2013 HANOVERTON — An informational, invitation-only event was held this past week on a proposed natural gas pipeline that would transport dry gas from the region directly to market. more »»

Three new permits bring county tally to 64 since 2010

March 26, 2013 LISBON — Three new drilling permits applications have been submitted and/or approved for Columbiana County over the past five weeks. more »»

Ergon gets initial OK for refinery expansion

March 23, 2013 NEWELL — West Virginia environmental officials have given preliminary approval to the planned expansion of the Ergon Inc. oil refinery in Newell. more »»

Drillers allowed access to water on county land

March 17, 2013 LISBON — Columbiana County commissioners have agreed to sell water from a small stream for use in drilling at a nearby shale gas well sit. more »»

Traffic tie-ups a concern

March 17, 2013 LISBON — Traffic woes and what to do about them were discussed at this week’s Village Council meeting. more »»

Miles of pipe

March 16, 2013 Pipe can be seen for miles as it stretches through Franklin Township around the Bethesda Road and state Route 644 area. more »»

Group worried about the impact of drilling on Beaver Creek

February 17, 2013 LISBON — A local group opposed to surface drilling in Beaver Creek State Park is turning its attention to drilling companies that may want to withdraw water from the Little Beaver Creek. more »»

Middleton signs up

January 7, 2013 NEGLEY — Fewer than six acres of land is earning money for Middleton Township now that Chesapeake Energy has leased the property for $2,000 an acre. more »»

NGL plant taking shape

December 16, 2012 KENSINGTON — The pipe is there, waiting to be placed on top of the steel beams that will hold it atop a new innovation in the industry — screw piles. more »»



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