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Monday, September 15, 2014

Well Site Fire Highlights Shale Development Worries

From The Columbus Dispatch:
Three years ago, before the shale-gas industry started booming in Ohio, oil and gas companies had permits for five hydraulically fractured wells in Monroe County, a rural county of about 15,000 people along the Ohio River near the West Virginia and Pennsylvania borders. 
As of June 28, the day a well pad caught fire there, oil and gas companies had permits for 135 wells that either had been or could be hydraulically fractured, or fracked. 
Three years ago, Keevert said, the county’s firefighters battled flames at homes or businesses. They helped during floods and severe storms. 
Keevert, who has been working for the county’s emergency-management agency since 2003, said the oil and gas industry has, in many ways, helped Monroe County. 
It’s brought jobs, something desperately needed in a part of the state where coal-mining and factory jobs are dwindling. 
But for a county with few resources, it has also brought headaches for emergency responders.
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