Tracking the Economic Growth (Jobs, Housing, Investment & Information)
Due to Shale Play Developments in the Ohio Valley Tri-State Area
Boom Headquarters - Jefferson County OH
Below are some of the highlights for boom-related activities that have been reported with regard to Jefferson County, Ohio:
Monroe County Leads Local Gas Production
Ohio Sees 28 Percent Increase Between 3rd, 4th Quarters of 2013
May 4, 2014 / TheIntelligencer.net
With one in eight of its residents out of work following the closure of Ormet Corp. last fall, Monroe County is in need of some good news.
Perhaps just in the nick of time, the county is quickly becoming one of the state's most prolific natural gas producers.
Runway project must get FAA OK
April 16, 2014 / HeraldStarOnline.com
The Jefferson County Regional Airport Authority was informed Tuesday that even if the runway extension project is finished, pilots won't be able to use the new section until the Federal Aviation Administration approves the approaches.
Regional Shale Activity Growing
March 8, 2014 / OhioEnergyResource.org
Belmont County may still be in the early phases of the Utica Shale rush, but Gulfport Energy, Antero Resources, Rice Energy, Hess Corp., XTO Energy and others have applied for 80 drilling permits from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Texas company plans $468 million pipeline to ship Utica shale natural gas to Gulf Coast
February 17, 2014 / Ohio.com
A Texas company wants to build a 76-mile pipeline extension to move natural gas from the Utica and Marcellus shales to the Gulf Coast.
Texas Eastern Transmission LP said in a federal filing that it has agreements with four companies to transport national gas.
New Study Shows Utica Shale's Positive Economic Impact in Ohio
January 15, 2014 / EnergyIndepth.org
In the latest Ohio Utica Shale Gas Monitor from Cleveland State University, researchers re-examined the overall impacts of Utica Shale development, finding strong growth in sales tax revenues, a rapid growth in permitting and activity, job creation, and even a redefining development boundaries. All of this activity has boded well for eastern Ohio, as companies are investing billions of dollars in a portion of the state that has needed an economic boost for quite some time.
Tollroad contracts awarded
January 15, 2014 / HeraldStarOnline.com
Pennsylvania's Route 576 has served since its opening in October 2006 as a quick tollway for Steubenville and Weirton-area residents to get quickly to the Pittsburgh International Airport.
In a few years, traffic will be increasing on the road as construction advances it 12 more miles across Washington and Allegheny counties to link up with Interstate 79.
Drilling leads to billions in construction
January 14, 2014 / HeraldStarOnline.com
Powered by extensive Marcellus and Utica shale processing and pipeline infrastructure, the Wheeling Metropolitan Statistical Area saw construction investments grow from $60.3 million in 2012 to $1.72 billion in 2013.
Sales-tax revenue up in strong drilling counties; job growth still slow
January 10, 2014 / Vindy.com
Shale-oil drilling is increasingly focusing on eight counties in eastern Ohio, including Columbiana, and those areas are seeing some of the biggest gains in sales-tax receipts.
Marcellus and Utica shale: Dec. permit hot spot: Belmont County
January 9, 2014 / FarmandDairy.com
Belmont County led Ohio for the most permits issued during December.
City Microtel opens its doors
November 21, 2013 / HeraldStarOnline.com
"Warmth" and "hospitality."
Those were the words officials connected with the new four-story, 79-room Microtel Inn and Suites constructed at 909 Buckeye St. talked about most during an open house Wednesday.
Plans for new bridge moving forward
November 21, 2013 / HeraldStarOnline.com
The proposed new Ohio River bridge has passed another hurdle, with the Federal Highway Administration ruling the span wouldn't have a major negative impact on the area for which it's targeted.
County learns of pipeline
October 4, 2013 / HeraldStarOnline.com
The Jefferson County commissioners learned Thursday about a $200 million pipeline project that will run from northern Monroe County through Belmont County to northern Jefferson County.
New Ohio River bridge efforts continue
September 19, 2013 / HeraldStarOnline.com
Officials with the West Virginia Department of Transportation are hopeful they will clear another hurdle in efforts to establish a new bridge over the Ohio River between Brooke and Jefferson counties.
Officials eye railroad development potential
September 19, 2013 / HeraldStarOnline.com
Though railroads are thougt by some to be a transportation mode of the past, there's great potential for West Virginia railways to support economic development and tourism, said an official with a consulting firm charged with developing a 20-year rail plan for the state.
Utica and Marcellus shale update: Belmont County leads Ohio in drilling permits in July
August 15, 2013 / FarmandDairy.com
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports 80 new horizontal drilling permits were issued in July.
Currently, the ODNR is reporting 32 drilling rigs operating in the state. So far, 832 horizontal drilling permits were issued since record keeping began and 466 wells were drilled. There are 122 producing wells in Ohio.
Congressmen help moderate Youngstown forum on Ohio shale-gas opportunities
August 14, 2013 / Vindy.com
U. S. Reps. Tim Ryan and Bill Johnson today were joined by a host of oil and gas experts and industry advisers to discuss the importance of developing Ohio's workforce as the shale-gas revolution continues to unfold here and across the country.
Oil, gas training classes to be held
August 7, 2013 / TribToday.com
A three-week training class will be held for students to learn basic skills necessary for entry-level positions in the oil and gas industry.
Heavy Duty plans expansion at new site
June 21, 2013 / HeraldStarOnline.com
A little more than one year after opening its doors in Jefferson County, Heavy Duty Industrial has already relocated to an Empire warehouse space where company will have room to grow.
The Empire shop, now located at 707 E. Front St., will celebrate its grand opening Wednesday.
* Sheehan Pipeline is a Tulsa, Oklahoma-based company and a union contractor that will build a pipeline from Houston, Pennsylvania to Harrison County, Ohio. Sheehan Pipeline is to be the first tenant at the old Wheeling Corrugating site in Brooke County, West Virginia. They hope to begin working by April and 300 jobs are expected as a result. (See Steubenville's wtov9.com article dated March 5, 2013: Officials expect 300 jobs in Brooke County)
* Property value and sales numbers are heading toward an all-time high in Jefferson County, Ohio, according to officials at the Jefferson County Auditor's Office. The Auditor's Office has seen a "considerable increase in the value of property coming through our office this year" and "by the end of the year, we should actually be close to being triple in the sales of property in our office here," according to Lewis Piergallini, Chief Deputy Auditor. Piergallini said that it's most likely due to the oil and gas activity in the county. (See Steubenville's wtov9.com article dated December 3, 2012: Property sales, values expected to triple in Jefferson County)
* Construction has begun on a 4-story, 84-room Microtel Inn and Suites in Steubenville, Ohio (Jefferson County) near University Boulevard. The hotel will overlook the Ohio River and the Veterans Memorial Bridge and will be well positioned with the shale industry. Hotels in the area have been at capacity over the past few years. In addition to the hotel, there are two restaurant sites. (See Steubenville's wtov9.com article dated November 9, 2012: Developer builds Microtel in Steubenville)
* The energy boom is under way in Jefferson County, Ohio. Property sales are up, the number of transfers coming through are up, tax receipts are up every month compared to last year, permits are up, employment numbers are up, etc. In Steubenville, there is a Texas Roadhouse restaurant being built, a new hotel to be built, and the college also has plans. (See Steubenville's HeraldStarOnline.com article dated November 4, 2012: Energy boom is here)
* A Texas Roadhouse restaurant is expected to open in May 2013 near the Fort Steuben Mall in Steubenville, Ohio (Jefferson County). Construction is underway at the site. Approximately 200 people could be hired by the company. (See Steubenville's wtov9.com article dated October 26, 2012: Texas Roadhouse restaurant to open in Steubenville)
* Chesapeake Energy, which has the largest position in the Utica Shale, is said to have 28 wells ready to come online, based on a report to investors earlier this month. Chesapeake has 3 new wells in Jefferson and Carroll Counties, Ohio, that are producing an average energy equivalent of 1,375 barrels of oil per day, according to the report. (See ConshoctonTribune.com article dated August 26, 2012: Companies call most Utica Shale wells 'encouraging')
* Hess Energy will open its Steubenville, Ohio (Jefferson County) field office next week. Hess has transformed the former Staffilino car dealership on Sunset Boulevard into office space. Hess has spent $770 million to acquire Marquette Exploration and $500 million on a joint venture with Consol Energy ... or $1.2 billion ... and that's just an initial investment. As for wells, Hess hopes to drill and complete 10 horizontal wells in the Utica Shale this year, with 3 rigs running by the end of the year. Hess also plans to install approximately 5 miles of gathering system pipeline. (See Steubenville's HeraldStarOnline.com article dated July 18, 2012: Hess ready to open office)
* An Ohio.com article indicates that there have been 285 Utica Shale permits issued in Ohio (based on data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources) and, based on the data from the week of July 1, 2012, of the 285 Utica Shale permits, 92 wells have been drilled in eastern Ohio. According to the report, Carroll County is said to have the most permits with 98, Columbiana has 45, Jefferson has 25, Harrison has 19, Monroe has 16, Mahoning has 12, Noble has 12, Stark has 12, Guernsey has 11, Portage has 7, Wayne has 1, and Medina has 1. The Ohio.com article provides a link to the state information. (See Ohio.com article dated July 13, 2012: Ohio drilling permits hit 285, 92 wells drilled)
* Premiere Pump, a company that is part of KAMAC Inc. and headquartered in Cleveland will be building a 5,000 square-foot facility in the Jefferson County (Ohio) Industrial Park. Premiere Pump is a manufacturer of industrial pumps that is looking to serve the oil and gas industry. The company will be using local contractors to build their new facility and will eventually employ 20 to 30 people. (See Steubenville's HeraldStarOnline.com article dated June 29, 2012: More jobs for area)
* North American Services Group provides industrial cleaning services and is seeking to provide service to oil and gas industry related companies. North American Services Group plans on constructing a 15,000 square-foot facility at the Jefferson County (Ohio) Industrial Park. The company estimates it will employ approximately 96 people by the end of its third year of operation at the park. (See Steubenville's HeraldStarOnline.com article dated June 29, 2012: More jobs for area)
* CONSOL Energy, a Pittsburgh-based company, drilled its first Ohio well in Tuscarawas County. According to a recent report, Harry Schurr, the company's general manager of Utica operations, indicated that the company expects to add perhaps 15 more Ohio wells this year on its nearly 200,000 acres. CONSOL will be focusing their drilling efforts in 5 Ohio counties: Portage, Trumbull, Mahoning, Tuscarawas, and Noble. In addition, CONSOL Energy is partnering with New York-based Hess Corp. in Ohio. The report indicates that Hess will develop wells on nearly 76,000 acres in Guernsey, Belmont, Jefferson, and Harrison Counties. Hess plans to drill 6 Ohio wells in 2012. CONSOL Energy recently opened an office in Leetonia, Ohio (Columbiana County). It moved 7 employees into that office and expects to add 3 more staffers by the end of 2012. (See Ohio.com's article dated June 27, 2012: CONSOL Energy has big drilling plans for Portage, four other Ohio counties)
* Sales revenues in Jefferson County, Ohio are up, according to Jefferson County Commissioners. The revenues are reportedly running from 14 to 21 percent above last year's receipts. The oil and gas industry activity is said to be part of the reason for the increase as it has already created hundreds of new jobs and lease royalty payments have generated millions for the community. (See Steubenville's HeraldStarOnline.com article dated June 23, 2012: Jefferson County sales revenue up)
* Heavy Duty Industrial Services of Wintersville, Ohio (Jefferson County), is a service company for the drilling industry that has surpassed its original employment projections. The company had originally expected to have 40-50 full-time employees by the end of the year, but they are already up to 67. They believe the difference is because the drilling industry is gaining ground much faster than expected. The company now has goals to reach 100+ employees by the end of the year. Their need for drivers, laborers, and supervisors has gone up dramatically. (See Steubenville's HeraldStarOnline.com article dated June 16, 2012: Heavy Duty surpasses job projections)
* Hess Oil is making their headquarters for the Utica Shale play in Steubenville, Ohio, according to Jefferson County Commissioner, Tom Gentile. Commissioner Gentile stated that there would be engineering, administrative, and accounting jobs. (See Steubenville's wtov9.com article dated May 14, 2012: Women seek jobs in shale industry)
* Places like Toronto, Ohio (Jefferson County) may realize the benefits the shale boom is having on commercial properties in eastern Ohio. According to the news report, insiders say a 60-acre property owned by FirstEnergy Corp. with 1,000 feet fronting the Ohio River could possibly trade for $200,000 now as a result of the shale boom. Three years ago, it could have sold for as little as $20,000. The site could be an ideal location for docks and barges to ship oil and gas products to the Mississippi and Gulf of Mexico. Commercial real estate activity is said to be increasing in other eastern Ohio towns as well. (See Crain's Cleveland Business article dated April 30, 2012: Suitors dig real estate in boom shale area)
* Express Energy Services, a Houston-based company, is negotiating a lease for a building in Toronto OH (Jefferson County). Express Energy Services provides production and support for the oil and gas industry. The company is expecting to hire 35 employees initially, with a potential for up to 90 employees. (See Steubenville's HeraldStarOnline.com article dated April 10, 2012: Vacant building may be filled)
* Power Torque Services (PTS) will create more than a dozen jobs to start, in Steubenville, OH. The company was founded in 2002 and runs casings on oil wells. Power Torque also has satellite operations in Bossier City, Louisiana and Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Power Torque Services estimates hiring between 12 and 15 entry-level workers, but indicates that number could double in the near future. (See Steubenville's HeraldStarOnline.com article dated March 12, 2012: New business to operate in former DiNovo building)
* Environmental Management Specialists (EMS), a professional environmental contractor specializing in environmental cleanup and site remediation, expects to be operational in Steubenville, OH by April 1, 2012. EMS expects to hire 15 people initially with the potential for more employees in the future. (See Steubenville's HeraldStarOnline.com article dated March 12, 2012: New business to operate in former DiNovo building)
* Heavy Duty Industrial Services, a company headquartered out of Youngstown, OH, is a company that is involved with hauling water, rig washing, tank cleaning and various cleaning projects on site. The company currently has between 20 and 30 employees working out of a Wintersville, OH location, but could have twice that number soon. (See Steubenville's HeraldStarOnline.com article dated March 12, 2012: New business to operate in former DiNovo building)
* NiSource Gas Transmission and Storage’s (NGT&S) Midstream Services announced a major midstream initiative in the liquids-rich fairway of the Utica play in eastern Ohio. The project includes the construction of an approximately 90-mile-long gathering system, extending through Columbiana, Carroll, Jefferson, Harrison, Belmont, and Monroe counties. The system will provide for both wet and dry gas gathering. In conjunction with the gathering project, NGT&S has purchased a cryogenic natural gas processing plant that will be delivered in July 2012. The plant and related facilities will be located in Harrison County. NGT&S will also construct a dry gas line originating from the processing plant that will gather additional dry gas produced in the Utica shale. The system will deliver gas to multiple interconnects include Texas Eastern (Spectra), Rocky Mountain Express (Kinder Morgan) and Columbia Gas. (See the OilVoice article dated March 1, 2012: NGT&S announces major investment in the midstream solution for Ohio Utica shale)
* Steubenville's City Council agreed to sign a lease with Hess Development Corporation. Under the lease agreement, Hess will be allowed to drill for oil and natural gas at the city's former landfill. It was reported that Hess will pay the City $5,400 per acre or a total of $597,256.20 for an initial 5-year lease, plus 19 percent royalties. (See Steubenville's HeraldStarOnline.com article dated February 28, 2012: 8:30 p.m. Lease agreement approved)
* The City of Steubenville will be supplying Chesapeake Energy with up to 700,000 gallons of water per day (potable, treated wastewater or raw water from the reservoir) for the hydraulic fracturing process. According to the City Manager, the potential exits to sell up to 7 million gallons of water every two weeks, amounting to anywhere between $35,000 and $59,000 every two weeks. (See Steubenville's HeraldStarOnline.com article dated February 26, 2012: City ready to reap benefits of shale boom)
* It has been reported that some Ohio residents are waiting to see how much of the $2.5 billion that Hess plans to spend on shale natural gas and oil development will be spent in their area. According to the news report, Hess spent $1.34 billion in 2011 for 185,000 Utica Shale acres in four counties in Ohio ... Belmont, Jefferson, Harrison, and Guernsey. (See The Intelligencer, Wheeling News-Register article date January 30, 2012: Hess to Spend $2.5 Billion for Shale Development)
* Jefferson County's unemployment rate reportedly dropped to 9.3 percent in November 2011 ... down from 12.7 percent in 2010. (See The Intelligencer, Wheeling News-Register article dated January 29, 2012: Counties Enjoying Shale Boom)
* New car and truck sales in Monroe, Carroll, Belmont, Jefferson, and Harrison Counties rose 19.8 percent in 2011 from 2010 ... well above the gain of 12.6 percent statewide. (See The Intelligencer, Wheeling News-Register article dated January 29, 2012: Counties Enjoying Shale Boom)
* Ohio Governor John Kasich will be coming to Steubenville on February 7 to deliver the State of the State address. This is historical for the State of Ohio since it is the first time that the State of the State address has been delivered at a location other than that of the State House. (See Steubenville's wtov9 article dated January 18, 2012: Superintendent excited to host State of the State address)