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Published: Wed, March 13, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Company’s 61 hires, plans for more highlighted at forum in Boardman

By Jamison Cocklin



Exterran Energy Solutions, which first announced a 65,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on Salt Springs Road in Youngstown in 2012, already has hired 61 local employees, with plans to bring on about 20 more within the next month or so.

The Houston-based company, which provides services and equipment for oil and gas production, processing, treating, transportation and storage, chose Youngstown for its $13.2 million project because of an experienced manufacturing workforce and its geographic location, said Michael Grimland, the company’s director of manufacturing.

Exterran’s arrival in Youngstown, where it’s expected to generate more than $15 million in annual revenue, is a sign that the Utica and Marcellus shale plays are bound to stay competitive as domestic-energy production continues to ramp up across the country.

Industry officials and members of the state’s congressional delegation were eager to highlight why the oil and gas industry has been — and will continue to be — a boon for Ohio’s economy for decades to come at an economic-impact forum Monday at Mr. Anthony’s Banquet Center. The event was sponsored by the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and other organizations.

“Imagine if the U.S. were to become the OPEC of natural-gas exports and if Ohio were to lead the way in allowing the U.S. to become the dominate player in this energy sector,” said U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson of Marietta, R-6th, referring to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, an intergovernmental partnership of some of the world’s leading oil producers and exporters, most of which are in the Middle East.

“I don’t think I need to tell you what that would mean. It could happen; I believe it will happen,” Johnson said, addressing a crowd of about 200. “When it does, it will change the paradigm of geopolitical power across the globe.”

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s 2013 energy outlook report, U.S. natural-gas production will increase from 23 trillion cubic feet in 2011 to 33 trillion cubic feet in 2040. In 2011 alone, 95 percent of the country’s natural-gas supply was produced domestically, helping to drive domestic prices to record lows.

Johnson, along with U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles, D-13th, spearheaded an effort in January that found a letter signed by about 410 legislators going to U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, calling on him to approve permits to non-Free Trade Agreement countries to open up additional markets for liquefied natural gas.

“We all know it makes no sense to drill for a resource if there’s no market for it,” Johnson said. “That’s why it’s important to open up markets, foreign markets and world markets for the product we’re drilling for in the U.S.”

Johnson added that he would use his recent appointment to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to help fend off overarching regulatory efforts on hydraulic fracking from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Many pundits are anticipating tougher regulations when a long-delayed federal report about fracking’s affect on groundwater is released.

In the meantime, Ohio has permitted 548 wells to date, with 255 of those fully developed and 74 producing. Forum panelists were quick to tout the drop in unemployment and the rise in sales-tax collections in places such as Carroll, Columbiana and Harrison counties, where drilling operations are the most intense.


1glbtactivist(321 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Check with local hotels, those thousands of jobs are part time jobs with employees brought here from out west. Many are illegals working on the cheap. Almost nobody from Youngstown has been hired. We are having our environment destroyed by foreign energy giants and we aren't even getting the jobs.

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2timOthy(802 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

HOG WASH !!!! I live where the action is in western Columbiana Cty./Eastern Carroll Cty. The new plant in Hanoverton OH. ALL OUT OF TOWNERS WITH OUT OF STATE PLATES. TRANSMISSION LINES ALL 4X4 TRUCKS WITH THERE WEILDERS ON THE BACK OUT OF STATE PLATES AGAIN !

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3cambridge(4140 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

The State of Ohio should have created it's own energy company hired drillers, eliminate the toxic additives, provide the Ohio taxpayer with free gas, use local labor and sell off the remaining gas for revenue to run the state.

Instead you get pollution, out of state workers, scumbag gas industry spokesmen, low property values and gas companies making the lions share of the profits selling Ohio's gas to the highest bidder.

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4RTS1416(117 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

ABC 100, I am still on the fence on this entire topic, however, after reviewing the "list of those harmed" that you posted in a previous article all I can find are complaints in local papers. The vast majority of which have been discounted by PDNR, health professionals and local government agencies. There are very, very few articles where it was actually found that the water or air had been affected to a degree that PDNR or heath officials found to be unsafe and in those instances the companies involved seem to have taken immediate action to correct any problems.

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5RTS1416(117 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

I will restate that I am unsure what to think about the entire gas boom but the "list of those harmed" showed me only disgruntled land owners with very little damage actually done, and yes, I did spend hours reading the articles, not just one or two.

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6cambridge(4140 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

uselessshill....I can understand why you would not want people using Google for fracking information because:

When I Google searched "fracking pollution in texas" I got 668,000 results.


When I Google searched "fracking pollution in oklahoma" I got 253,000 results.


When I Google search "fracking pollution in colorado I get 475,000 results.


When I Google search "fracking pollution in wyoming" I get 222,000 results.


When I read your post all I get is the same delusional BS every time. Like I said, I can understand why you would not want people using Google for information about fracking when we should just trust you.

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7RTS1416(117 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Cambridge..When I Google "landfill pollution in California" I get 1,870,000 results. Now, I'm not saying that the landfills that you seem to be so proud of are a problem, the point is just because you produce a large amount of results has no bearing on the substance of those results.
ABC100..If you actually READ some of those "facts" you will find that most of them do not support your point of view.

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8cambridge(4140 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

rts....I never said that 1.5 million results support my view. What I am saying is that there are 1.5 million results on fracking pollution in four states and people are free to read them and draw their own conclusions or they can believe uselessshill and his ilk.

That would be a major difference between me and the shills. I'm willing to post as much information that is available and all the shills are willing to do is claim there has NEVER been any contamination connected to fracking.

I know you're just an average citizen with no skin in the game trying to understand the process, right? I'm just trying to help people like yourself out.

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976Ytown(1367 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

20 years from now the wells will have been fracked, mystery chemicals left behind in the wells, property values diminished, jobs gone, our finite water supply unusable for human consumption, air, water and land polluted, illness and birth defects, we'll look back at saying we traded all this for for greed. A legacy the next generation have to deal with.

I'm not convinced that there are no alternatives to this barbaric method of extracting natural gas. The auto industry has the technology to increase gas mileage and homes can be built with better energy efficiency. People need to have an intelligent conversation about the pros and cons of fracking before irreparable damage has been done. This is only a short term solution to the problem leaving us with permanent damage to our environment and human life.

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10RTS1416(117 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

I find it hard to believe you can "see right through"
anything considering the oversize set of blinders you seem to be wearing.

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11cambridge(4140 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

PLEASE mr. uselessshill, don't shut off my gas, I promise I'll be good. Don't be cranky, just pretend you smacked us around, that always seems to make you feel better, or just hug your blankie. I know you will be making new rules for posting on the Vindy and I promise I will follow all of your new rules and try and never make you mad again. And thank you so much for all that gas you keep spewing.

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12RTS1416(117 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

ABC, Questions from the Pennsylvania Medical Society about the scope of the confidentiality agreements led to the Pennsylvania Dept. of Health clarifying the law’s intent in an April letter. State Secretary of Health Eli N. Avila, MD, assured doctors that proprietary information can be utilized in whatever manner is necessary to respond to the “medical needs asserted,” including sharing the information with patients, other physicians involved in the patients’ care and public health agencies. The society said it was satisfied with the response but will continue to monitor the issue.
That hardly sounds like a gag order to me?
If the Pennsylvania Medical Society (the doctors themselves) do not have a problem then what are you getting all frothed up about? Once again you spout off propaganda without bothering to check out the facts first

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13RTS1416(117 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

You told me to check the AMA website and that is exactly where the information I posted came from
American Medical Association
I am no longer going to debate this issue with you as you obviously do not read the the sources you site.

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