The Ohio Petroleum Council director said shale oil energy exploration could spread to Richland County any time in the next several years.
"It could be next year, or it could be 15 years from now ... before you see any activity. But it will happen," said Terry Fleming, director of the refining industry group.
Of Ohio's 88 counties, 82 -- including Richland County -- have Utica shale, Fleming said.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources maps show a region that stretches westward from Ohio's eastern border, cutting through all of Ashland, Richland and Morrow counties, most of Huron County and about half of Crawford County, as having potential for Utica shale energy production.
Exploration to unlock gas and oil from shale through hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling already is taking place in Ashland, Geauga and Medina counties, Fleming said.Read the rest of the article here.
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