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Enforce Drilling Rules in East Ohio

June 9, 2013

An Ohio Department of Natural Resources inspector said that when he went to a Belmont County farm on May 16, he found “what appeared to be oil-based mud that had been discharged directly onto the......

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mikeyd

Jun-09-13 7:52 AM

who ordered the illegal dumping?

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WVUGEO

Jun-09-13 7:57 PM

"Gas and oil drilling has proved to be a boon for thousands of area residents." How? For whom has it been a boon, aside from a relatively very few mineral rights owners who might have gotten some money up front and the fast food joints getting an uptick from the migrant workers? How many locals are actually employed by the drilling companies; and, who's taxes are paying for road repair and upkeep, more of which is needed because of the additional heavy equipment traffic? "boon for thousands" - really? Sayin'it don't make it so.

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TrollSlayer

Jun-10-13 1:46 AM

Why are those who claim gas industry workers aren’t boosting local business also complaining gas industry workers are congesting local businesses? You can’t have it both ways, folks. Either the gas industry is generating local business, or it’s not. Pick a lie and stick with it. LOL

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idliketoknow

Jun-10-13 7:56 AM

WVUGEO, have you tried to rent a house / apartment recently? There are thousands of landlords who wholeheartedly disagree with you.

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WVEXPAT

Jun-10-13 7:56 PM

I'm sure the people at SouthPointe might disagree w/ WVU. Hundreds of thousands of new footage in office space, hundreds of new homes and sales booming. From Pittsburgh Today, "Among residents in all 32 counties surveyed, more than 70 percent are of the opinion that extracting natural gas from the Marcellus Shale offers a significant or moderate economic opportunity for the region. Only 10 percent believe it has very little or no economic potential.

Those who live in Washington County express even greater faith in the economic potential of the extensive drilling activities developed in their communities in recent years. More than 76 percent of residents view the Marcellus Shale operations as a significant or moderate economic opportunity.

Washington County residents are also more likely to have experienced the financial benefits of drilling themselves or have seen members of their family benefit from natural gas drilling.

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WVEXPAT

Jun-10-13 7:59 PM

"Nearly 32 percent report that they have signed a drilling lease or that someone in their family has done so."

And certainly WV has done fairly well. From the Charleston Daily Mail Tuesday February 12, 2013 W.Va. gas, oil extraction jobs seeing increase in wages. "HARLESTON, W.Va. -- The number of oil and gas extraction jobs in West Virginia is up significantly, and the jobs are paying more than they used to, according to a WorkForce West Virginia report.

The number of oil and gas extraction jobs in West Virginia grew by 9.5 percent from 2008 to 2011, said Jeffrey Green, director of research, information and analysis for WorkForce West Virginia.

Those workers are making an average $8,100 more than they did in 2008, bumping the average annual wages to $70,082.

The reason is simple, Green told lawmakers Monday: the recent push for natural gas, particularly from Marcellus Shale."

I'm not how how those numbers stack up to expectations, but they're pretty solid.

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WVEXPAT

Jun-10-13 8:30 PM

From the Times Reporter article "Sales tax from oil and gas boom boosts economies", "The news is even better in Harrison County. Its sales-tax receipts in January more than doubled during the same time period in 2012, going from $188,000 in 2012 to $437,000 in 2013. “It’s a heck of an increase,” county Auditor Patrick Moore said. “That’s what shocked me.” Counties throughout the Utica and Marcellus shale reservoirs in Ohio have experienced similar increases. A study released in March by Cleveland State University found that what it described as “strong shale counties” saw a 21.1 percent increase in total sales activity in 2012 ($14.9 billion) as compared to 2011 ($12.3 billion).

So economic activity is up over $2.5 Billion in the East Ohio region w/ corresponding sales tax increases.

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WVEXPAT

Jun-10-13 8:35 PM

So obviously there has been a significant increase in retail sales and tax revenues, but I do think overall job levels haven't been as impressive as initially forecast.

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