CARROLLTON, Ohio — A deep, constant hum emanates from John and Elizabeth Neider’s dairy and sheep farm.
Depending on whom you ask, it’s either the sound of progress or a harbinger of environmental disaster.
The hum is created by a cluster of powerful pumps forcing millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals into six deep wells.
As much as 5 million gallons of water per well are needed to shatter the Utica shale and release the natural gas and oil trapped thousands of feet underground.
It’s a process that’s likely to be repeated in eastern Ohio thousands of times over the next few years, and Carroll County residents will have front-row seats.