Original article from 5/24/12:
From the Ashland Times-Gazette:
Glenn Enslen spoke eloquently Wednesday about the double-edged sword that horizontal drilling for natural gas in Utica shale formations has had on Carroll County.
"We have 77 permitted horizontal wells in our county, six which are producing," said Enslen, the Carroll County director of economic development. "So while much of Ohio is anticipating the boom caused by the Utica gas play, we are experiencing it."
The conference was designed for community leaders, mostly local government officials, and the media. Among those participating were Mayor Steward Zody and village administrator Curt Young of Loudonville.
"A developer from Louisiana representing one of the energy companies told me last week, in his regional drawl, 'you-all don't have any idea what is fixin' to happen here,' " said Enslen, who in the past served as a district director for former Congressman Zach Space.
And indeed things are happening, very quickly, in the virtually all rural and formerly pastoral Carroll County, located about 20 miles southeast of Canton.
"We have 14 new companies recently starting operations in the county, all tied to the gas play, and unlike every company we were used to in the economic development game, we haven't had to offer them any incentives to open," Enslen said. "For them, its all about speed in getting set up and started. To get going, they spend money like there is no tomorrow. And in another upside, our long-depressed county now has virtually full employment."
But there are down sides to this boom as well, Enslen said.Read the rest of the article here.
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