"The arguments that fracking is harming the environment fall flat, considering that three Ohio-based studies have found no environmental impacts from hydraulic fracturing. For example, the University of Cincinnati foundno evidence for natural gas contamination from shale oil and gas mining in any of the sampled groundwater wells,” and in fact, Ohio is leading the nation in carbon emission reductions. The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) even hailed Ohio as the “nation’s carbon-reducing powerhouse,” a distinction that can be credited to the Buckeye State’s dramatic increase in natural gas-fired electricity generation since 2005. Crain’s Cleveland Business summed it up best when they reported,"

“The biggest reason for the decline, according to watchers, is the advent of shale gas drilling in Ohio. The shale drilling boom’s cheap gas has caused new natural gas power plants to come online in Ohio and nearby states that sell their power into Ohio on a shared electricity grid.

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