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Utica Shale Drillling RIg
Tim Rudell / WKSU

How much has shale drilling meant to Ohio’s economy? A new report by researchers from Cleveland State and Youngstown State universities says more than $50 billion since 2011.   

The study, led by Andrew Thomas of Cleveland State, used government and industry data to determine how much has been invested in developing Ohio’s Utica shale.

But he says that’s only part of the picture.

Aerodynamics mobile laboratory
Drexel University

EDITOR'S NOTE: The original version of this story incorrectly said Bentley Systems was a funder of the research. Also, the research shows carbon monoxide levels dropped. The original story said carbon dioxide.

The percentage of methane in the air of a Marcellus Shale area of northern Pennsylvania was reported in the Drexel University analysis to be higher than it was before the oil and gas drilling boom came there. 

Drilling Rig
Tim Rudell / WKSU

Since development of the Utica Shale play began in 2010, Ohio property owners have be paid an estimated $2 billion in bonuses for signing drilling leases.  After seven years, with many leases expiring, some -- but not all -- of those owners may get paid again. 

Utica Shale Drillling Site
Tim Rudell / WKSU

This week the U.S. EPA issued its full report on the potential risks of fracking to ground water.  The  study was mandated by Congress six years ago leaves some big questions unansered

The report did not settle the question of whether fracking does or does not pose a threat to drinking water. The agency’s summary cites too many gaps in available data to reach a definitive conclusion.

Wayne Nationa Forest in SE Ohio
U.S. Forest Service

Oil and gas drilling leases in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest are going to be auctioned Tuesday. 

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