Little Impact Felt Locally

Wheeling Intelligencer - The impact of the natural gas boom in Wetzel County - both good and bad - pales in comparison to other Tri-State area counties also experiencing a surge in drilling activity, according to a report released Thursday by the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative. Read

The report includes case studies from Wetzel County and three other active gas-producing counties - Carroll in Ohio and Greene and Tioga in Pennsylvania. Those four were selected based on being largely rural counties with lower-than-average income and higher-than-average unemployment when compared with the rest of their respective states, said Sharon Ward, director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center.

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