Marcellus/Utica Shale Testing and Information

With oil and gas drilling activity increasing in the Mahoning Valley, residents have become more concerned about the possible long-term effects on drinking water wells.  Although some oil and gas companies are performing pre-drill water testing for residents near a proposed drilling site, many residents find themselves outside the company's designated proximity for testing, or desire to do their own testing.

The Laboratory Services Division provides testing services to establish a water content baseline covering a range of parameters.  The testing program includes all of the tests recommended by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA), the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

If you are concerned about future water quality issues, it is critical to have a good baseline water test before drilling activity takes place.  In addition, the Board of Health can provide sampling services to the residents of Mahoning County.  Having a qualified third-party collect the samples is a best practice to assure an accurate sample of your water, and assure legal chain-of-custody of water test results.

Recommendations on water sampling before oil and gas drilling

Test and pricing information for water sampling available through the Laboratory Services Division

Click here for more information on shale well drilling and permitting from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Click here for more information on shale well drilling from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.