Posted March 1, 2012
In Carrollton, Ohio, it’s all business – the businesses around town and across Carroll County that are experiencing a renaissance because energy-rich deposits of shale that have brought oil and natural gas development to eastern Ohio.
Donna Saur, restaurant owner:
“I moved back home after 16 years of being gone. I needed a job. People starting coming into town, and we started hearing about shale. I would say we’ve seen a 30 percent increase in business over the last year, which 30 percent is – big.”
Bill Newell, owner of a realty and auction business:
“We’ve seen an increase in our business here through this past year with the oil and gas workers coming.”
Tom Wheaton, Carroll County commissioner:
“It’s the first time we’ve been under 10 percent unemployment in, gosh, several years.”
Check out this video, from the folks at Energy Nation, for the sights and sounds of economic opportunity and growth, spurred by energy from shale:
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark Green joined API after a career in newspaper journalism, including 16 years as national editorial writer for The Oklahoman in the paper’s Washington bureau. Mark also was a reporter, copy editor and sports editor. He earned his journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University. He and his wife Pamela live in Occoquan, Va., where they enjoy their four grandchildren.