News Archive

Carroll County Gushes with Shale Energy Wealth

DoddsAaronCarrollCountyCARROLLTON, Ohio — No natural gas well has evoked shouts of “Eureka!” that reverberated across Carroll County, a once pastoral place in east central Ohio. Nor is there one well, one drill site, with crude production so staggering that it stops oil barons in their tracks.

Carroll County, still mostly farmland, superficially, has become the heart and nervous system of the emerging oil and gas industry. While no well there ranks among the top-10 producers of oil or gas in the Utica shale, the collective energy production of the county is a force that has attracted notice from around the world.

“For some reason, the BBC has me on its speed dial,” laughs Aaron Dodds, the county economic development director, referring to the international attention his community has drawn since 2010. That’s when energy companies descended on…

Read More

SOPA gets $10,000 AEP grant

Photo Courtesy of Portsmouth Daily Times. Pictured left to right: Tim Wells, Manager - Economic & Business Development, AEP Ohio; Jennifer Jacobs, Executive Director, Jackson County Economic Development Board; Stan Jennings, Superintendent, Scioto County Career and Technical Center (SCCTC); Jason Kester, Executive Director, Southern Ohio Port Authority (SOPA); John Kennard, SOPA; Craig Gilliland, Projects Committee Chairman, SOPA; and Josh Shoemaker, Director of Human Resources, SCCTC.

Photo Courtesy of Portsmouth Daily Times. Pictured left to right: Tim Wells, Manager – Economic & Business Development, AEP Ohio; Jennifer Jacobs, Executive Director, Jackson County Economic Development Board; Stan Jennings, Superintendent, Scioto County Career and Technical Center (SCCTC); Jason Kester, Executive Director, Southern Ohio Port Authority (SOPA); John Kennard, SOPA; Craig Gilliland, Projects Committee Chairman, SOPA; and Josh Shoemaker, Director of Human Resources, SCCTC.

The Southern…

Read More

Ohio Shale Production Reaches 132 Billion Cubic Feet in Third Quarter Local Wells Continue Leading the Way

 

Belmont County and Monroe County have been blessed with some really good geology." Shawn Bennett, senior vice president of the Ohio Ohio and Gas Association | Photo by Casey Junkins

Belmont County and Monroe County have been blessed with some really good geology.” Shawn Bennett, senior vice president of the Ohio Ohio and Gas Association

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Energy companies in Ohio produced more than 132 billion cubic feet of natural gas from July 1-Sept. 30, up from 88 billion cubic feet during the previous three-month period, figures from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources show.

The 132 billion cubic feet of natural gas for the three-month period is more than was drawn in all of 2013 in Ohio.

Wells in Belmont and Monroe counties leading the state in production, state figures show. Ohio Oil and…

Read More

Steubenville, Jefferson County poised for an upswing: panel

Panelists at the Pittsburgh Business Times Corridors of Opportunity event Wednesday in Wintersville, Ohio, were (from left): Ed Looman, Eastern Ohio project manager of the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth; Rich DeLuca, president of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce; Evan Scurti, director of economic development at the Jefferson County Port Authority; and Pittsburgh Business Times Publisher Alan Robertson, who moderated the panel.

Steubenville and Jefferson County, Ohio, may not be seeing the large Utica Shale-related growth of neighboring counties, but they’re on the cusp of big things.

That’s the message from economic development officials who spoke at the Pittsburgh Business Times’ Corridors of Opportunity: Jefferson County event held Wednesday afternoon at the St. Florian Hall in Wintersville, about five miles west of Steubenville.

“The timing is great, because there is a lot of opportunity in our area,” said Evan Scurti,…

Read More

Archived News