Muskingum Officials Visit Out of State Drilling

by Danielle Cotterman on January 26, 2012 at 7:22 am

Muskingum County Officials said they now have a better understanding of the impact Utica shale will have on the county.

Members of the Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority and a number of other civic leaders spent two days touring drilling sites in Williamsport, Pennsylvania- including those of Halliburton and Anadarko Petroleum Corporations- both key players in Muskingum County.

"It was really encouraging, we left and came back, and the whole trip back from Pennsylvania we were talking about how positive it felt," said Muskingum County Commissioner  Steve Strauss. "So we left with a very positive feeling about what is coming to our area."

One aspect Strauss took note of were the road conditions. He said a number of township roads had been redone at the expense of the oil companies in order to handle the high volume of traffic related to the drilling.

"They will re-do a lot of the roads and even bridges, the oil companies that are affecting the roads have agreed to take care of that kind of stuff," said Strauss. "I guess the issue we saw was there is going to be a lot of traffic, so we’re going to have a lot more traffic in our county than we’ve had in the past, heavy duty trucks and things of that nature."

There are currently five sites that are preparing for drilling in Muskingum County- four in Meigs Township and one in Blue Rock Township.