Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Stark and Carroll Counties Working Together for the Future of Oil and Gas

Over the past few months the Stark County Oil & Gas Partnership has worked closely with the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce to plan for the Partnership's first annual Shale Shoot Sporting Clay Championship & Utica Conference, which is coming up Nov. 5 and 6 of this year.

As published in ShaleMart magazine
Partnership Chairman Dave Kirven has had a number of meetings and conversations with Amy Rutledge, executive director of the Carroll Chamber, and other representatives to determine ways the two organizations can work more closely together to promote the oil and gas industry in the region.

While Stark County has offered its many resources for company relocation, residents moving into the area, and numerous entertainment, dining and shopping options, Carroll County is Northeast Ohio's hub of activity in the Utica Shale

A report that appeared earlier this year on the FracTracker Alliance website indicated that Carroll County is home to fully one-fourth of the state’s drilling permits, and 43 percent of all producing wells (as of the end of Q3 of 2014). Carroll County is where the majority of drilling is actually taking place in the entire state, let alone our immediate region.

After ongoing discussions dating back to late 2014, the Partnership's name is changing to the Stark Carroll Oil & Gas Partnership, to reflect the participation of businesses and organizations that are not only doing business with companies in the region, but are located in those respective counties as well.

“This is a big step for our organization, and for the companies and individuals who do business in our two counties,” said Kirven. “Not only do Stark and Carroll border one another, they offer tremendous advantages in terms of natural resources, quality of life, and business and residential opportunities.”

More details will be shared in the weeks ahead. Stay in touch with the Partnership via their blog (choosestark.blogspot.com), their website (www.choosestark.com), and their Facebook page. If you're not already a member, be sure to join the Partnership to receive all the benefits of membership, including their bi-weekly "Drill Bits" e-newsletter. Membership information is available under the “Join” tab at www.choosestark.com.

This article was originally submitted for publication in ShaleMart's print and online editions.

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