Carroll County, OH Transformed by Utica Shale Drilling

What’s it like when drilling comes to town? Who better to tell us than someone from “the epicenter” of drilling in eastern Ohio? Amy Rutledge is director of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. She  spoke this week at an energy summit in Columbus sponsored by America’s Natural Gas Alliance.

Startling fact #1: According to Rutledge, Carroll County has fewer than 30,000 people living it–but when drilling came to town, 200 property owners in Carroll became instant millionaires from the bonus checks they received. Startling fact #2: Drillers have (so far) paid over $40 million to rebuild Carroll County’s roadways–that’s 80 years worth of road work completed in two years for a county with an annual budget of just $500,000 allocated for roads…

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