Permitting Slows Down in Columbiana County

From The Salem News:
The Columbiana County Courthouse hallways are no longer crowded, and an off-site location opened specifically because of those crowds is now closed.
So where are all those workers who clogged the courthouse for the past two years while researching deeds for oil and gas drilling companies wanting to lease county property?
The answer is twofold. First, much of the work can now be done online, and, secondly, the leasing phase of the shale gas boom appears to be winding down.
"There's a dramatic reduction in traffic there (at the off-site location) and in the courthouse, so it appears to me back a more normal operation," said county Commissioner Mike Halleck.
He keeps in contact with people in the shale gas industry and they have indicated leasing is slowing down as the focus shifts to the drilling phase.
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