The relative boom in manufacturing in Northeast Ohio over the last two years has had a lot to do with natural gas prices and infrastructure. according to a new report on manufacturing that looks at what’s happened to Northeast Ohio jobs over the last two years and what’s likely to continue.
The report by Cleveland State University for the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network says manufacturing jobs, wages, exports and regional product all grew – with the jobs at better than double the national rate.
Some environmental groups and eastern Ohio residents say the state is hurrying permits for gas processing plants amid the shale drilling boom.
They say fast-tracking some permit requests prevents examination of local concerns about air and water pollution from refineries and the fracking process that frees the gas. Ohio Environmental Council lobbyist Jack Shaner says the state is bending over backward to accommodate the industry.
A top lobbyist for Ohio's oil and gas drilling industry is urging state lawmakers to support a package of tax revisions advanced as an alternative to an earlier plan by Republican Gov. John Kasich.
At a packed hearing Wednesday, Ohio Oil and Gas Association executive vice president Tom Stewart supported a bill introduced last month. It would raise the severance tax rate on horizontally drilled wells by 1 percent, then 2 percent, while rolling back similar taxes on traditional wells.
2013 ends with more than twice as many shale drilling permits issued for the Utica Shale play than first expected, encouraging news for Ohio backers of natural gas exploration and production.
Earlier this year, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources projected 525 permits for shale drilling. That would’ve been a modest increase from 2012’s total of 376, but now in its most recent report, the state DNR shows 1015 permits issued to 30 companies since 2009, operating in much of eastern Ohio.
The amount of waste from the shale gas and oil drilling process injected into disposal wells in Ohio is continuing to rise.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says that 14.2 million barrels of fluids and other waste from the process of hydraulic fracturing - or fracking - were injected into disposal wells in the state in 2012. That was up 12 percent from the previous year.