Panelists were on hand for the E3D summit and shared a message of education and cooperation in support of shale drilling.
Zane State President Dr. Paul Brown opened today's summit at the Campus Center.
Executive Director of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program, Rhonda Reda was one of the guest speakers at the summit, and said working with schools like Zane State is important to ensure highly trained people to fill jobs created by shale drilling.
The Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce is putting on a series of seminars exploring business opportunities related to shale oil and gas.
Downtown Association Manager Dana Matz said a panel of experts will answer questions regarding workforce training, economic development, oil and gas production, landowner issues and industry regulations.
"It's one of the services that we offer to our chamber members, and we're very proud to have one of the largest chambers in...
Shale drilling should fuel an economic boom in Ohio, but keeping that money in the buckeye state is a concern.
Kevin Lewis is a representative of Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust, a partnership representing the Ohio Contractors Association and all of the labor unions in the state. On Thursday Lewis sat down with the Muskingum County Commissioners to discuss the possibility of hiring local contractors.
"Many times when you get the out-of-state people...
Questions and concerns surrounding the upcoming shale drilling in Muskingum County remains a topic for County Commissioners.
Senior Appalachian Regional Representative of Senator Sherrod Brown, Jeanne Wilson, spoke with the commissioners on the importance of working with the public and experts to discuss all aspects of the drilling.
"I think so we can be proactive, so we can be ready," said Commissioner Jerry Lavy. "I think from what we've heard in the past...
State-wide discussion continues on who will be responsible to pay for road damage caused by upcoming shale drilling.
Ohio is trying to reach an agreement with drilling companies so they'll pay for any damage caused by the heavy equipment needed to extract oil and gas from shale rock. President of Meigs and Muskingum Township Associations Stephen Bradley said Anadarko Petroleum Corporation- the drilling company responsible for Muskingum County- has agreed to take care of the cost.
Local schools are preparing students to excel in energy-related careers.
Zane State College offers programs in fossil fuels and alternative energy sources. President of Zane State Dr. Paul Brown said jobs in these fields should provide long-term financial stability for graduates.
"We happen to be sitting on two of the largest shales in the country, so these are not jobs that are going to come into the state and then go away," said Brown.
Landowners approached by oil and gas companies will soon need to decide whether or not to allow drilling on their property.
Educational programs are providing landowners with the facts they need to make an informed decision. Ohio State Extention Educator for Agriculture and Natural Resources Chris Penrose of Morgan County said the first step should always be to hire an attorney.
"A lot of times people get upset down the road about the lease, and it ends up being one of...
Oil and gas companies are making their way into eastern Ohio, and shale drilling could refuel the economy.
Executive Director of the Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority Mike Jacoby said there has already been activity in Cumberland, and it won't be long before operations begin in Muskingum County. When that happens, he said there will be a high demand for skilled workers.
"When these big companies, typically from Texas or Oklahoma, come into the communities to...
Governor John Kasich will be in Zanesville Wednesday to kick off a meeting that will focus on the expected boom in shale natural gas drilling in Ohio. The Governor’s press secretary Rob Nichols says Kasich will kick off the meeting that will include other local officials. Zane State College Director of Marketing Tamra Pace says President Paul Brown is also expected to speak at the event explaining all the things the college is doing to train workers for the energy jobs expected to be...