Officials are confident that Ohio has necessary rules in place to protect investments in roads and bridges as the oil-and-gas boom brings more truck traffic to the state’s highways.Read the rest of the article here.
Counties in eastern Ohio — including Tuscarawas and Carroll — already have begun using a model road use and maintenance agreement developed over the past several months.
State officials feel Ohio has the advantage of not being the first state to feel the impact of oil-and-gas exploration.
Pennsylvania, with more than 2,500 wells already drilled, far outpaces the 72 that have been drilled so far in Ohio — with nearly half of those in Carroll County.
Jason Wilson, director of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia, said during a meeting with The Times-Reporter on Wednesday that Ohio studied what happened in Pennsylvania and worked to make improvements to protect its interests.
Wilson said the question now is, “How can we protect our local infrastructure and welcome a growing industry?”
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