Belmont County Experiencing Shale Blitz

From The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register:
They may have little in common with the "forty-niners" who invaded California more than 150 years ago, but the abstractors and drillers pouring into Belmont County have led some to believe a modern-day Gold Rush of sorts is under way.
Mary Catherine Nixon is not sure of the full impact the Utica Shale natural gas boom will have on the county. But she does know that each and every day, dozens of abstractors rush to her office to search for more and more properties that companies such as Exxon Mobil, Gulfport Energy, Antero Resources, Hess Corp. and Chesapeake Energy can lease for oil and natural gas exploration.
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