Read the rest of the article here.For months the Columbiana County Recorder's Office has been packed with oil and gas company representatives searching out property deeds and mineral rights.A map by state geologists ranks Columbiana County as good to very good for oil and gas drilling potential.Now wells are being drilled and site preparation work for additional well pads is underway. The county engineer says new permits are being issued every day."The latest count is a total of 55 permits in the county", said Engineer Bert Dawson.More than a dozen companies, including Chesapeake, Chevron, Shell, and BP have locked in leases across the county, paying lucrative contracts to hundreds of land owners, including 550 acres owned by the county.You don't have to look far to find evidence of the new industry's economic impact. Columbiana is no longer the only county in Ohio without a paved courthouse parking lot.Commissioner Mike Halleck says there are other signs of growth." Just here in little Lisbon you can go up Market Street now there's not a vacant building," Halleck said.
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