Wheeling Jesuit University hosted a symposium Thursday based upon the theme “What Communities Need to Know.” It’s geared at educating many residents from across the Ohio Valley about the Shale Industry.
One of the first topics mentioned during the sessions Wednesday morning was the economic and community development during the industry’s boom. As the Shale Industry continues to grow in the Ohio Valley, growth in business has also been apparent. Long term impacts were also discussed.
“It’s when natural resource extraction companies come in, like oil and gas, there’s that rush of employment and everything as they’re extracting and then when the product leaves, they leave too and a lot of times the communities are sort of left less employment, then; and so what do they do next?” Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Research Analyst Matt Klesta said.
Wheeling Jesuit students took time to observe what effects the Shale Industry has been having on the environment in the Ohio Valley.
“We went around to all different areas in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia and took samples of the water there that were particularly close to frack wells just to monitor conductivity,” WJU Biology Major and Junior Rachel Wadell said.
Wadell said based on the results of their studies, they have found their tests of water supplies to be inconclusive, but they have found lots of Bromines.