A journalist’s guide to drilling

This Ohio Newspapers Foundation training is co-sponsored by The Vindicator

Ohio is experiencing a boom in oil and natural gas drilling, but do your journalists know enough about this topic to cover it? This half-day seminar will explain the key issues surrounding the subject, including how hydraulic fracturing works, the economic impact of drilling, the environmental debate over drilling, and much more.

Date, time, and location: September 27, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The seminar will be held at Youngstown State University in room 3422 at the Williamson College of Business Administration, Williamson Hall, 221 North Hazel St., Youngstown, OH 44503.

Parking: Free parking has been reserved for participants in the nearby M1 Parking Deck, which is located on Wick Avenue. A shuttle will be available for use if you do not wish to walk to Williamson Hall. Simply ask the parking attendant where you can meet the shuttle to take you to Williamson Hall.



Welcome: 10:00 a.m.

President Cynthia E. Anderson, Youngstown State University, and Executive Director Dennis Hetzel, Ohio Newspaper Association.

SESSION 1: 10:15 – 11:00

Presenter: Dr. Jeffrey Dick, Youngstown State University. Specialization: engineering geology, hydrogeology, geophysics, and petroleum geology
A 45-minute overview on “How is Ohio a gas producer?” Session spells out Ohio gas region, geology, history, comparisons to other US gas regions, and so on.

SESSION 2: 11 – noon

An overview of “The Economics of Gas.” Session spells out how the various wet and dry gases that will be extracted become an economy for a region and a state – from consumer uses to industry uses.


  • Professor Michael Costarell, Youngstown State University. Specialization: civil engineering, mechanical engineering, certified energy manager.
  • Rhonda Reda, Education Director, Oil & Gas Energy Education Program

SESSION 3: 12:15 – 1:30 (will include lunch)

A 1-hour debate/discussion on “Is Fracking a Healthy Economy for Ohio?”


  • Gene Chini, Manager, Orphan Well Program, ODNR Division of Oil & Gas
  • Trent Dougherty, Director of Legal Affairs, Ohio Environmental Council
  • Rhonda Reda, Education Director, Oil & Gas Energy Education Program

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