Ohio Energy Voices

Ohioans Talking about Shale Gas in their Community

Protecting Farmers, Growing Flocks

Protecting Farmers, Growing Flocks

Folks in Carroll County overwhelmingly support energy development, but some were initially hesitant that the development would affect the local agriculture industry. When asked, most people will mention that they were worried about farmers selling out and moving away after selling gas leases on their land. “We were all worried about losing our farmers, that…

Energy and Education in Carroll County, Ohio

Energy and Education in Carroll County, Ohio

As opportunities for employment in the county grow, Carroll County’s educators are working to ensure their students are prepared to step into the workforce with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed. Carrollton Exempted Village Schools Superintendent David Quattrochi is implementing an aggressive Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program and increasing the district’s coordination…

Boon for Small Business

Boon for Small Business

But the good fortune doesn’t stop at the courthouse. Small businesses across the county have been seeing an increase in revenue. The laundromat and dry cleaner had to hire new employees and lengthen their business hours. The local YMCA is operating in the black for the first time since it opened. The local hardware store…

For the first time we have enough money

For the first time we have enough money

In a county that has not raised its mill levy since 1977, the energy boom has been a crucial economic driver for it and its 15 townships and 7 villages. The increasing revenue from gas well royalties, sales and property tax has allowed for long-awaited construction projects and road improvements to be green lighted and…

Carroll County Comeback

Carroll County Comeback

In a small office, surrounded by photos and memorabilia of General William Custer, sits the County Auditor of Carroll County Ohio. Mr. Leroy VanHorne was born in the same town as Custer and has made a life-long hobby out of studying the life and times of the storied General. But amid discussions about the Kansas…

Renewing Ohio Communities

Investments in the energy industry are driving real change in rural Ohio. Communities like Carrollton are making investments and securing the future through responsible energy production. They are also contributing to environmental protection and more sustainable communities through the use of technology like fracking and horizontal drilling.

A few things to consider when it comes to Ohio’s energy from fracking:

Fracking helps improve incomes and create wealth

  • lower prices, and rising incomes from fracking put $1200 into the pockets of Ohio families last year
  • Fracking for natural gas created 40,000 jobs in the energy sector in 2013, employing thousands of college graduates and skilled workers who were having a hard time finding a job.

Natural gas from fracking is improving air quality and slowing the effects of climate change

  • America’s greenhouse gas emissions are now at pre-1992 levels thanks to the increased use of natural gas
  • The U.S. is on track to surpass our objectives agreed to in the Copenhagen Accords of 2009.

Fracking helps low income families

  • Energy costs disproportionately affect low income families who spend up to 12% of their monthly income on energy, 33% more than upper income families.
  • Increased production of natural gas is expected to push prices lower this winter, saving Ohio families as much as 5 percent.