Fracking has nearly doubled natural-gas production in Ohio

NORTH CANTON, Ohio — New fracking wells spread rapidly throughout the Utica shale in eastern Ohio last year, increasing the state’s natural-gas production to historic highs, state officials said yesterday.

Natural-gas production increased by 97 percent in 2013 from 2012 numbers, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director James Zehringer said yesterday during a presentation at Stark State College.

And oil production increased by 62 percent during that same time.

State estimates show that about 5,700 jobs in Ohio were directly connected to the drilling industry in 2013. More than $6 million in investments and commitments have been made in infrastructure needed to process and move natural gas and oil produced in the Utica shale.

Excerpted from The Columbus Dispatch

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