Monday, April 29, 2013

Carroll County Changing Quickly Thanks to Shale Exploration

From The Independent:
In the stagecoach days, travelers came to Harlem Springs for the “healing” waters that bubbled from the ground. Robert E. Lee and William Henry Harrison paid visits to the resort. The hamlet even had a college.
None of it lasted. The namesake springs lost their mineral potency by the Civil War, then ran dry, explained local historian Janice Lane. The college moved to another town.
Harlem Springs today is a cluster of houses along a wide curve on state Route 43, seemingly passed by traffic and time.
But a couple of miles away, at the end of a winding country road, a humming sprawl of white tanks and pipes is harnessing a new underground resource in this southeastern corner of Carroll County.
During initial production, the “Coe 34-12-4 1H” well generated the equivalent of 2,200 barrels of oil in a 24-hour period, according to its owner, Chesapeake Energy. That’s enough energy to supply 120 Ohio households for a year.
Five miles to the south, more wells bracket the burg of Kilgore, where workers have buried green pipelines in the pumpkin-colored earth.
“Obviously, we’re punchin’ holes in the ground and money’s coming out,” said Glenn Enslen, the county’s retiring economic development director. “And that’s driving almost everything that’s going on in the community. I mean, this is beyond huge for us.”
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