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Natural gas holds great promise

Published: Thu, August 23, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Natural gas holds great promise

I hope the Vindicator’s readers found time to read the July 30 article, “$3.2M windfall from drilling delights county leaders.” This article illustrates the tangible effect natural gas production can have on our economy. By leasing out 550 acres of land, Columbiana County is now able to pay for much-needed improvements, like paving the parking lot and fixing the heating system at the local courthouse and replacing the county jail’s roof.

Thanks to the economic boost that natural gas provides, all of these improvements were accomplished without increasing the burden on taxpayers. This model can and should be replicated by other cash-strapped counties in Ohio. I urge local leadership to follow Columbiana County’s lead by exploring how natural gas production can provide relief.

The numbers are powerful. A 2011 study conducted by IHS Global Insight found that unconventional gas in Ohio was responsible for $3.04 billion in value-added economic output in 2010. That number is projected to increase to $7.92 billion by 2035. And beyond helping build infrastructure and make critical public sector repairs, the economic influx from natural gas companies will create jobs for Ohioans — more than 81,000 by 2035, according to the IHS study.

This is an opportunity Ohio must capitalize on. State budget cuts have resulted in a loss of revenue for counties. Now is the time to be creative about how to continue to provide public services while balancing the demands on Ohio taxpayers. As Columbiana County has shown, natural gas may be the answer.

Chuck Blasdel, East Liverpool

The writer was the Republican state representative from Ohio’s 1st District from 2001 through 2006.


1300(573 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

For the record, Chuck wouldn't at all be working in a PR-capacity for the gas industry, would he? I wouldn't think so, since a reputable newspaper like the Vindacator would have definitely made sure that if he were he would be labelled as such.

(I'm not against the O&G developments, I'm just against someone portraying himself as just a citizen if he's actually writing in another capacity. Moreover, I have no idea if he's being paid for PR work, but this is a strange letter written by a guy who couldn't win his election who probably could use any money he can find.)

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2cambridge(3188 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

UticaShale....I would like to commend you for the way you represent the oil and gas industry and how they look on the communities, it's citizens and how they reap their profits.

I and others have been describing the oil and gas agenda for a couple of years but it took someone like you to bring reality to the valley.

Thanks so much for proving you are exactly as described.

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