A new gas drilling database that can help local shale drillers and companies has been created by students at Ohio University.
The database links drillers to companies throughout the state that can provide services and supplies.
Students used a $100,000 rural business enterprise grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop the project.
The project focuses on 12 eastern and southeastern Ohio counties, stretching from Athens County to Tuscarawas and Jefferson counties. The database also includes Ohio companies from outside that geographic area that could serve the oil and gas industry.
As part of the process of developing the database, the school hosted more than 500 leaders in the shale energy industry at an April conference in Cambridge.
The next step is taking the database statewide.
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